How Long Does Coronavirus Last on Surfaces?

This study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that SARS-CoV-2 can survive up to 72 hours on surfaces, particularly stainless steel and plastics (1,2). It is readily susceptible to household cleaners such as soap, bleach, alcohol-based hand sanitisers and sprays (1).

(1) ABC News. 2020. “How Long Coronavirus Lasts on Surfaces,” March 20, 2020.

(2) Doremalen, Neeltje van, Trenton Bushmaker, Dylan H. Morris, Myndi G. Holbrook, Amandine Gamble, Brandi N. Williamson, Azaibi Tamin, et al. 2020. “Aerosol and Surface Stability of SARS-CoV-2 as Compared with SARS-CoV-1.” The New England Journal of Medicine, March.


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