How long can the Coronavirus survive on surfaces?



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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