Taking personal protective measures is necessary, but information released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) answers the question of how long the virus can survive on different surfaces.
- Cardboard, paper, fabric – 24 hours
- Glass, countertops, plastic, stainless steel, surfaces on public transport, and mobile phones (hard, shiny surfaces) – up to 72 hours.
- Copper – 4 hours
A study done by the National Institutes of Health, CDC, UCLA and Princeton University has found that the virus can remain airborne for up to 3 hours.
What you can do to limit the spread of the virus:
- Avoid touching your face (rubbing your eyes, lips and mouth) and biting your names in-between hand washes
- Keep antibacterial wipes on hand to wipe frequently touched surfaces in public (including trolleys and baskets).
- Wash your hands every chance you get with soap and water or an alcohol-based (60% or more) hand sanitiser.
- When using antibacterial wipes to clean groceries or surfaces, use more than one wipe.
- If household surfaces are dirty, first clean them using a detergent and water, then disinfect them with the proper cleaning products.