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How Long Can The Coronavirus Live On Surfaces?

The coronavirus has steadily made its way through different countries, creating different hot spots for the illness.

The coronavirus has been steadily spreading since a cluster of cases were first reported in Wuhan, China in late December. As the year evolves and the virus makes its way to different countries, it’s very important to stay informed, to protect yourself and to prevent panic.

Although the virus is scary and, on occasions, severe, the majority of people affected have experienced mild symptoms. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, about 80% of the people who’ve contracted the disease in China have only experienced symptoms that are manageable and able to be cured.

While there’s still a lot we don’t know about COVID-19, the virus appears to spread by respiratory droplets. These are released when contaminated people cough and sneeze, which is why it’s important for ill people to limit their contact with others. These droplets become contagious when they land on you directly, or on a shared surface that you come into contact with.

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According to early evidence, COVID-19 particles can survive for a period of 9 days if the room is at a comfortable temperature.

How Long Does The Coronavirus Live In Surfaces?
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It’s also believed that the virus could be spread by people who don’t wash their hands often, especially after they use the bathroom. When utilizing public bathrooms, it’s important to be careful and to wash your hands thoroughly afterwards, minding what you touch and minimizing hand to face contact.

The Huffington Post explains how important it is to wipe all public surfaces when interacting with them, like your work desk or the table where you sit down in a coffee shop. Data indicates that public touch screens contain large amount of dangerous bacteria, the kind that’s found in people’s guts, highlighting how most people don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom, or at least they don’t do so correctly (you should be washing in warm water with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds).

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When it comes to how to clean these surfaces, the COVID-19 is a lipid-containing virus, meaning that it can be killed by most disinfectant wipes. These tools should be used once and then they should be tossed; once a wipe is used it will keep that bacteria, spreading it to other surfaces if it’s reused once more. Experts recommend utilizing ethanol and bleach-based wipes, letting the product lay on the surfaces in order for them to do their job effectively.

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