Study Says COVID-19 Can Survive On Surfaces For Three Days

Photo: Governor Tom Wolf / CC BY 2.0

NEW YORK – A new study suggests that the novel Coronavirus can remain infectious on plastic and steel surfaces for up to three days.

Experts say how long the virus can survive depends on the kind surface it contaminates.

For instance, COVID-19 can be detected on copper for up to four hours and on cardboard 24 hours. The virus can linger in the air, suspended in tiny particles, for up to three hours.

The research explains how infectious the coronavirus is it is actually similar to SARS in that way.

This study also shows why Coronavirus may more infectious in a medical facility. Many treatments like Nebulizers, suction devices and C-PAP machines can generate aerosol transmission.

Based on this research, frequent deep-cleaning of all surfaces could make a difference in prevention.

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine with support from the National Institutes of Health.


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