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How long Corona Virus lasts on Different Surfaces

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Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that is caused by a new strain of the corona virus, formerly referred to as 2019-nCoV, it first appeared in Hubei region of Wuhan China in 2019.

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Since its emergence it has infected over 1 million people and lead to the deaths of 400000+ individuals across the globe and still counting. The virus can be contracted through droplets from an infected person when they sneeze or cough into the air, it infects another person when they come in contact with such droplets. This droplets cannot however travel more than 6 feet that is why it is recommended that social distancing be practised in order to control the virus.

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The mortality rate among young and healthy individuals is very low whereas it can be lethal in older people and people with pre-existing conditions like Diabetes, Cancer, heart conditions and so on.

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Scientist and health experts have recommended different preventive measures in order to help check the spread of the disease, such as regular washing of hands, the use of hand sanitizers, avoiding close contact and wearing of face masks.

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The virus life span outside of a host is dependent on the surface it is on, that is, it can last from 1 hour to several days on different surfaces. This can lead to infection when a healthy person comes in contact with such surface and then touches his mouth, nose or eyes.

Let us look at some of these surfaces and how long the virus can last on them.

Metal

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The virus can last up to 5 days on surfaces made of metal. Examples include the doorknobs, silverware and personal belongings like jewelry.

Wood

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These category includes decking and furniture. It has been discovered that viruses can last up to 4 days on surfaces made of wood.

Plastics

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The Virus can last for 2 to 3 days on materials made up of plastics that we get from the market like bottles for detergents and milk containers. Others include bus seats, backpacks and elevator buttons.

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Viruses can also last for 2 to 3 days on Stainless Steel surfaces. Examples are pots and pans, sinks, refrigerators and some water bottles.

Cardboard

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It has been discovered that they can last for 24 hours on materials made of cardboard. Example Shipping boxes.

Copper

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They can last for up to 4 hours which is a less than the earlier surfaces we mentioned. Example are cookware, pennies and teakettles.

Aluminum

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Tinfoils, water bottles and soda cans are some of the examples of this type of surface. They can last from 2 to 8 hours.

Glass

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This is a material that is found in most buildings. Viruses can last up to 5 days on such surfaces. Example: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows.

Ceramics

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Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs. It can last up to 5 days on such surface.

Paper

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There is no definite time frame on this type of surfaces, as some strain of the virus can last up to 5 days while others a few minutes. Examples: mail, newspaper

Food

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There is no evidence that corona virus spreads through food. Examples: takeout, produce.

Water

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Also no evidence that corona virus has been found on water anywhere. Even of it does the chances of it infecting anybody is insignificant as a result of the treatment being carried out on water by the water treatment plant.

Fabrics

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Researchers have not carried out much experiment on how long viruses live on fabrics. But it shouldn't be as long Aston hard surfaces, that is, if they do. Examples: clothes, linens.

Shoes

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One study tested the shoe soles of medical staff in a Chinese hospital intensive care unit (ICU) and found that half were positive for nucleic acids from the virus. But it’s not clear whether these pieces of the virus cause infection. The hospital’s general ward, which had people with milder cases, was less contaminated than the ICU.

Skin and hair

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View pictures in App save up to 80% data. There’s no research yet on exactly how long the virus can live on your skin or hair. Rhinoviruses, which cause colds, survive for hours. That’s why it’s important to wash or disinfect your hands, which are most likely to come into contact with contaminated surfaces.

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