Keeping Viruses Away By Keeping Your Environment Clean

Woman disinfecting the counter

A virus that doesn’t reach the ground or floor can fall on any type of surface that is shared. It can be transferred by pathogens on hands and unsuspecting people can easily pick up a virus – this is all depending on how long it lives on a surface. 

The coronavirus has caused a pandemic as all of us are aware. It is therefore important to be informed and to learn as much as possible about this virus that has caused the world to be in a state of turmoil. 

We are learning how to keep our distance, wash our hands, not to touch our faces especially if we have touched surfaces out of the home, and keep all surfaces clean. The coronavirus is a particularly virulent virus that can live for hours and even days on surfaces such as doorknobs, trolley handles, lift buttons and countertops. The length of survival of the coronavirus is all dependent on the type of surface it lands on and the kind of material the surface is made from. 

This guide will indicate how long the coronavirus will survive on various surfaces 

Here’s a guide to how long coronaviruses – the family of viruses that includes the one that causes COVID-19 – can live on some of the surfaces you probably touch every day. Keep in mind that researchers still have much to learn about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. For example, experts dont know whether the exposure of the virus to heat, cold, or sunlight affects how long it can live when it settles on surfaces and able to survive these conditions. 

How long will the coronavirus live on stainless steel objects? 

From 3 to 5 days. Examples of steel surfaces include jewellery, silverware (cutlery), doorknobs, taps in kitchens and bathrooms, public transportationrefrigerators, pots, pans, paper towel handles plus hundreds of examples where metal is used for daily objects.
The coronavirus can exist on stainless steel objects for a couple of days and thus causes a problem because steel is often used in public transportation and myriad other public places such as restroom stalls, faucets, and manual paper towel handles, to mention but a few of the millions of uses of steel manufactured items. 

How long will the coronavirus live on wood? 

Up to 4 days. An example would be furniture and wooden decks. 

How long will the coronavirus virus survive on plastic surfaces? 

Up to 72 hours. Examples of plastic would be packaging such as milk containers, bottles that contain detergents and cleaning liquids, seats in buses and trains, buttons in lifts and on credit card machines, take-out food containers, cellphone cases, trolley handles, shopping baskets in supermarkets, and many other items that humans share. 

How Long coronavirus lives on cardboard? 

Up to 24 hours. This is especially pertinent as many online delivery services use cardboard for the delivery of their goods and many individuals are choosing this method of buying food and other essential items instead of visiting stores in person – be wary of food and other items packaged in cardboard. 

How long will coronavirus survive on copper? 

Four hours. Some examples include coins, kettles and cookware.

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How long will coronavirus survive on glass? 

Up to 5 days. Examples of these are mirrors, windows, drinking glasses, crockery and other items.
Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows and cellphone screens. 

The coronavirus can live for a length of time on fabrics and countertops; therefore, from preventing the spread of the virus it is best to keep washing your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds and to keep disinfecting all surfaces and objects in and around the home and office every day. 

Remember to disinfect toilets, keyboards, tables, countertops, bathroom fixtures, phones, remotes, fixtures and fittings, light switches, door handles and doorknobs. 

Use a disinfectant household spray and wipes and if the surface is dirty, use soap and water for the best results. Bear in mind that individuals that are already infected with the coronavirus might not show any symptoms as yet and might shed the virus onto surfaces and objects. 

Once venturing outdoors, once you return it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water and do the same if you pick up letters and newspapers delivered to your door. 

It might be a good idea to call in the experts to assist with cleaning all kinds of work environments whether these are factories, offices, warehouses, shops and others. The cleaning materials used by CCM cleaning professionals and the equipment used to administer these will get into corners and crevices that might be difficult to reach.