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How long do germs live on different surfaces?

How long do germs live on different surfaces?

Plastic, fabric and steel – what objects are most likely to carry germs for longer? What should we use alcohol-based sanitizer on the most?

The new normal is using your elbow to awkwardly open door handles. To slow the spread of germs and stay protected, it is pivotal to keep one’s hands disinfected with sanitizer and soap and water. But what of the counters and surfaces around you?

There is no concrete evidence of exactly how long the virus can remain viable on various surfaces, however, the World Economic Forum estimates the following:

    • Airborne droplets: 3 hours.
    • Porous surfaces such as cardboard, fabric and paper: Up to 24 hours.
    • Shiny, hard surfaces such as glass, counter-tops, stainless steel, plastic: Up to 72 hours.

There is still ongoing debate and research as to how viable (how “alive”) the virus is once planted on such surfaces. However, this does not mean that we shouldn’t be sanitizing the surfaces around us anyway. Sanitize your clothing, countertops and shopping bags frequently to stay safe and keep others safe.

Most importantly, disinfect your hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer. The primary and proven way in which Covid-19 does spread is via human touch. Keep your hands disinfected and #SpraySafe.

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