How Long Does COVID-19 Virus Last On Various Surfaces?

Coronavirus can live for up to 72 hours on hard surfaces, while droplets can live in the air for three hours.

  • 72 hours (3 days) on Plastic
  • 48 hours (2 days) on Stainless Steel
  • 24 hours on Cardboard
  • 4 hours on Copper
  • 3 hours in the Air

Infection is theoretically possible but unlikely after remaining on any surface after a few days. The virus decreases rapidly over time on each of these surfaces.

This includes things like kitchen counters, door handles and, hand rails.

Reminder: Don’t touch your face, wash your hands. Doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, toilet levers, TV remotes, and cupboard doors should be cleaned every day to stop the risk of spread.

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