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HOW LONG CAN COVID-19 LIVE ON HARD SURFACES?


What makes Covid-19 so lethal is that the virus is highly transferable. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, by authors from UCLA, the National Institutes of Health's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Princeton University.


The authors found the virus in air droplets 3 hours later, on cardboard 24 hours later and other hard surfaces like plastic and stainless steel 2-3 days.



So How Do You Stay Safe?

First, Stay Indoors as much as possible. You have to think and act as if you "Are Positive" for the virus even if you are not.

Keep Social Distance of at least 6 -10 Feet from others outside of your household. Avoid crowded areas Such as elevators, lines and public transportation. When you come home remove your shoes at the door. Remove your clothes and wash right away, if you are not able to wash them right away place them in a plastic bag and store away from other laundry.


Clean and disinfect your entire home and all touchable surfaces regularly. These include;

  • Doors, Walls,

  • Railings,

  • Windows,

  • Door knobs,

  • Locks,

  • Switches,

  • Chargers,

  • Phones,

  • Touch Screens,

  • Faucets,

  • The Remote Control

  • Toys,

  • Book bags and Diaper Bags.

You can use a commercial brand disinfectant or make your own according to these CDC Gudielines

  • Use diluted household bleach solutions if appropriate for the surface. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. To make a bleach solution, mix:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water OR

  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water


  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol.

  • Household cleaners and disinfectants: Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend:

  • Keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed.

  • Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product


In Some one in your home develop symptoms consult your family physician and utilize the steps for self isolation as defined by the CDC


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