How long can coronavirus live on surfaces? – The Sun

CLEANLINESS is of vital importance as we keep ourselves safe in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

But how long does Covid-19 live on surfaces and how can you combat it? Here's all you need to know.

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How long does coronavirus survive on surfaces?

Droplets of the Covid-19 infection can live on hard surfaces for up to 72 hours, according to Professor Chris Witty.

He said: "Just touching it will not give you the virus: it is if you touch it and then touch your face, having not washed your hands between them.

"So, if you go on the Tube and touch the rail, that's fine, but just be aware of what you do with your hands.

"Don't touch your face, wash your hands and then you can do what you like."

However, he said they would be "largely gone" within 48 hours in most cases.

Covid-19 can be spread in tiny droplets released from the nose and mouth – with a single cough releasing up to 3,000 droplets.

These particles can land on other people, surfaces and clothing, but some smaller particles can remain in the air.


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Does the type of surface vary?

A new study has found that the difference in material can alter the life-span of the virus.

It can live in air for three hours, on copper for four hours and cardboard for up to 24 hours.

Plastic is the worst offender, with the virus lasting up to three days.

The ideal surface for the virus is plastic, which allows it to stay for up to three days.

How to clean your home

Experts have said that people should be wiping their homes down with antibacterial wipes and sprays every day.

Homeowners should be looking for products that kill 99.9 percent of germs.

For those who don't have cleaning sprays or wipes, washing with hot water and dish soap will remove coronavirus and other germs from surfaces.

'High-touch' surfaces that should be sanitised every day include:

  • Doorknobs
  • Light switches
  • Refrigerator and microwave doors
  • Drawer pulls
  • TV remote
  • Counters and tabletops
  • Toilet handles
  • Tap handles


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