How Long Can the Corona Virus Live on a Surface and What Should You Use to Sanitize?
This is what we know so far about how long the virus can live on various surfaces:
- Aerosols – 3 hours post aerosolization
- Copper – 4 hours
- Cardboard – 24 hours
- Plastics – 48-72 hours
- Stainless Steel – 48-72 hours
Please Note: The study referenced is a “pre-print study that has not yet been peer reviewed.” As more research is conducted and reviewed this information may change.
CDC general disinfecting guidelines include the following:
- If a surface it dirty it should first be cleaned before disinfecting
- For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions (at least 70% alcohol), and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
- Clean and disinfect high touch areas daily in household common areas and hourly (or more if needed) in a business environment
- View the full CDC guidelines HERE
The EPA has put together a list of products that meet their criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. The list contains lots of our favorite cleaning brands such as Clorox and Lysol. To view the full list go HERE
Wash your hands often, keep your hands away from your face, mouth, nose, and eyes. Wipe down surfaces often and practice social distancing. Be sure to check out all the great information available from the CDC. It is updated often. Most importantly remember that we’re strong and resilient and have faith that we’ll get through this together.
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