How long can the coronavirus survive on surfaces?
A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive up to 4 hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to 3 days on plastic and stainless steel.
Researchers have found that the virus can be kept in airborne droplets for up to 3 hours before falling to the ground, but will generally fall to the ground quickly.
Much remains to be known about the coronavirus or COVID-19, in different conditions of sunlight, heat or cold that can affect the survival of the virus.
Recommendations for frequent cleaning of surfaces and objects must be followed every day. This includes the cell phone, handles, tablets, bathroom keys, keyboards and tables. If the surface is dirty, first clean with detergent and water, then disinfect. It must be cleaned with gloves and a mask.
In addition, it is necessary to wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after bringing bags and packages, either from the supermarket or another store, or from any place where you have been with surfaces exposed to the public.
However, the study is not accurate. There are a variety of factors, in addition to the type of surface that can also affect the rate at which the coronavirus or COVID-19 decomposes in the environment over time and will need more study to characterize its consequences in the future.