Coronavirus can last on some surfaces for days, new study finds

New research on Coronavirus Covid-19 reveals that the virus can last up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel objects and surfaces.

In the recent study — conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UCLA and Princeton University, and published in the New England Journal of Medicine — scientists shed light on how the Coronavirus Covid-19 spread onto surfaces through coughing and touching and the lifespan of the virus on different surfaces.

Coronavirus can last on some surfaces for days, new study finds

Here are the lifespan of the coronavirus (Covid-19) on different surfaces.

The study reveals that the virus can last;

  • up to three hours in aerosols (liquid droplets in the air, from coughs or sneezes)
  • four hours on copper
  • 24 hours on cardboard.
  • up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel

“The results provide key information about the stability of [the virus] and suggests that people may acquire the virus through the air and after touching contaminated objects,” reads a press release from NIH.

The virus is spread from person-to-person through close contact or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and can be highly contagious. Sometimes these droplets fall on surfaces which aids in spreading the virus.

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