With the Coronavirus spreading quickly, how Long does COV-19 Virus Last on Surfaces?
According to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, this virus is considered a super spreader. The Journal of Hospital Infection also published research on the persistence of the infection on inanimate surfaces. They concluded, “Human coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces at room temperature for up to 9 days.”
Below is are the combined highlights of the 2 studies:
- Air – 3 hours
- Copper – 4 hours
- Glass – 5 days
- Cardboard – 24 hours
- Plastic – 72 hours – 6 days
- PVC – 5 days
- Silicon Rubber – 5 days
- Latex Surgical Gloves – ≤ 8 hrs
- Aluminum – 2-8 hrs
- Stainless Steel – 72 hours – 5 days
- Ceramic – 5 days
- Teflon – 5 days
This is what distinguishes COV-19 when comparing to the regular flu which remains on surfaces for 48 hours.
At room temperature, the coronaviruses can remain infectious on inanimate surfaces for up to 9 days.
The major concern and why this is a pandemic is the high viral loads and the potential for persons infected with and transmits the virus while asymptomatic.
The virus can remain viable and infectious in the air and on surfaces for days.
Disinfecting surfaces with approved cleaning agents kill the virus.
Above all else, Money is very dirty and rarely cleaned.
Airbag cushions from the boxes shipped from China. It’s been suggested not to pop them inside.
In addition, asymptomatic foodservice workers are a concern for spreading the virus. Restaurants are closing throughout the Country. Best to order food to cook yourself, such as meat to BBQ or fresh fish to bake.
Sources: New England Journal of Medicine & The Journal of Hospital Infection