Coronavirus Can Live On Surfaces For 3 Days New Research Reveals

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is primarily a respiratory illness, and it typically spreads in the air from an infected person’s cough or sneeze.

A new study from the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests the Coronavirus can last between three hours and three days on surfaces, depending on the material and temperature.

The study, authored by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests the virus can live up to four hours on copper, up to a day on cardboard, and up to three days on plastic and stainless steel. The Coronavirus can also live in the air for up to three hours.

The research compared the COVID-19’s lifespan on surfaces to that of the SARS virus. Both viruses lived longest on stainless steel and plastic, but COVID-19 lasted three times longer than SARS did on cardboard.

“The stability of the virus in aerosols and surfaces likely contributes to transmission of the virus in healthcare settings” the NIH study authors wrote.

Rachel Graham, an epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina said that smooth surfaces like doorknobs and tabletops are better at carrying viruses in general. Porous surfaces – like money, fabric and tissues – don’t allow viruses to survive as long because the small spaces or holes can trap microbes.

Smartphones and tablets, which are typically made of glass and aluminium, are also good at carrying viral particles. Graham recommended regularly sanitising your phone.

How to sanitise surfaces

Human coronaviruses should be inactivated on surfaces within one minute if cleaned with products containing 70% ethanol alcohol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide, or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite.

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