Virus resistance

The virus is not very resistant and can easily be killed/destroyed by

  • soap,
  • sunlight,
  • drought and
  • in the washing machine (for example on clothing contaminated by vomit).

The virus is only able to survive for a very short period of time in the open air at a normal temperature.

In contrast, it can survive for several days at 4°C on a glass surface. It seems that this can play a role in the transmission of the virus in a medical setting.

The idea that the Ebola virus can mutate and thus spread easily from one person to another in the air is not currently supported by scientific evidence.

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