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How long can the Coronavirus survive on surfaces?

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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.

 

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