How long does Covid-19 aka the Coronavirus last on surfaces?

The coronavirus, or widely known as Covid-19 is all we talk about in the last few months. We try to protect ourselves of it because we don’t know how our body we will react on it and if we will be lucky to survive it or not. That’s why we all need that information of how long does the coronavirus last on surfaces after that surface was in contact with someone that had the coronavirus.

The real answer is it depends on the material of the surface. We will provide you a guide of how to know how long the coronaviruses and the family of viruses that includes the one that causes COVID-19 — can live on some of the surfaces you probably touch every day.

Please keep in mind that researchers still have a lot to learn and to show the world about the new coronavirus. But more certain is that you’re probably more likely to catch it from being around someone who has it than from touching a contaminated surface.

Different Kinds of Surfaces

The Metal
For example: silverware, doorknobs, jewelry
5 days

The Wood
For example: decking and furniture
4 days

The Plastics
For example: subway and bus seats, backpacks, milk containers and detergent bottles and elevator buttons
2 to 3 days

The Stainless steel
For example: the pots and pans, refrigerators, the sinks, some water bottles
2 to 3 days

The Cardboard
For example: the shipping boxes
24 hours

The Copper
For example: pennies, cookware and teakettles
4 hours

The Aluminum
For example: water bottles, soda cans and tinfoil
2 to 8 hours

The Glass
For example: measuring cups, drinking glasses, mirrors and windows
Up to 5 days

The Paper
Examples: mail, newspaper
The length of time in these varies. Some strains of covid-19 live for only a few minutes on paper, while others can live for up to 5 days.

The Food
Examples: takeout, produce
Covid-19 doesn’t seem to spread through food.

The Water
Coronavirus is not found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water should kill any germs and viruses.

The Fabrics
Examples: linens and clothes
There are not many researcesh about how long the virus can live on fabric, but it’s probably not as long as on hard surfaces.

The Shoes

There is a study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) that shows that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus.

Skin and hair

There are no researches yet on exactly how long the coronavirus can live on your skin or hair.

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