Director of Infectious Disease Aerobiology at the Tulane National Primate Research Center Chad Roy was the lead investigator on a study that found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can remain infective in aerosol for up to 16 hours.
Roy said that he was surprised by the results of the study, which was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in September.
“We saw very little deterioration in the infectiousness of these aerosols after 16 hours. This is notable because we would expect it to behave similar to other coronaviruses that begin to decay over this amount of time — and, it didn’t.”
To conduct the experiment, researchers sprayed the viral aerosols into a slowly churning aerosol chamber and suspended them for 16 hours, continuously monitoring what changes were taking place.