How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

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asked Mar 21 in Diseases Conditions by xtekvet (330 points)
How long does the coronavirus last on surfaces?

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answered Mar 21 by Shawn (63,150 points)
The length of time that the coronavirus lasts on surfaces is between a few hours to a few days.

If the surface is a hard surface then the coronavirus can live as long as 4 to 7 days if the hard surface is not wiped down to prevent the spread of the virus.

If the surface is a porous surface such as cushions, upholstery, clothing, car seats etc then the coronavirus can only live for a few hours at most.

You should still wash clothing and use an upholstery cleaner with some vinegar or other disinfectant to help kill the virus just in case it's there.

If you've had the coronavirus or anyone else has had it then you need to wash the pillow cases, pillows and other bedding.

Disinfect anything that the person has touched and disinfect every surface you can just in case.

Hopefully you never contract the coronavirus disease but if you do contract the coronavirus disease then you should isolate yourself away from others to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease.

When you have the coronavirus disease you should stay in isolation and preferably alone without being around family or friends for around 14 days or even a bit longer.

As soon as you're recovered from the coronavirus disease then you can come out of isolation.

For now I'm not required to isolate myself and I do not have the coronavirus disease and I hope I never do get it.

However I'm staying at home mostly until at least the middle of April.

I have enough supplies and food etc to last me and I work from home anyway blogging.

I can order more stuff I need if I need it as well.

It's just not worth going out into public right now until the virus is over with.

I do go outside in my yard but I do avoid other people.

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