National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Study: Coronavirus Can Remain Infectious in Air for Hours

The deadly and highly contagious novel coronavirus that has triggered a global pandemic can persist in droplets in the air for at least three hours, a new U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Tuesday revealed.

Three volunteers are infected with the common cold virus for research purposes at the Harvard Hospital in Wiltshire, 28th December 1955. From left to right, they are student Brenda Jeanes, German tourist Anne Weddig and civil servant Pat Brown. (Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)