Here you can find an analysis of the survival capabilities and periods of time of Coronavirus on each surface, outside the human body, according to a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine.
The new Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is spreading all around the world at the same speed scientists and virologists are investigating on its capability of survival and infection.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and its sanitary authorities have informed that people can get infected when inhaling drops of secretions from a COVID-19 patient, which have been produced while speaking, coughing or sneezing. This is why it is highly important to maintain the safety distance and wear a mask when possible. But, what about when these drops get into a surface and those who are not infected touch it? It has been proven that the virus can live in different surfaces for several hours, even days. Therefore, it is highly important to maintain a good hygiene and wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face after touching any surface that might or might not be infected with the virus.
However, note these are the surfaces that The New England Journal of Medicine have investigated, and the results obtained regarding the period that Coronavirus remains on them:
- Paper and paper tissues: Coronavirus remains up to 3 hours.
- Copper: Coronavirus remains up to 4 hours.
- Carton/ Cardboard: Coronavirus remains a whole day, up to 24 hours.
- Wood: Coronavirus remains up to 2 days.
- Stainless Steel: Coronavirus remains from 2 to 3 days.
- Plastic (Polypropylene): Coronavirus remains up to 3 days.
- Glass: Coronavirus remains up to 4 days.
There are no solid studies of the survival periods of time of Coronavirus on clothes and fabrics, therefore it is important to disinfect your laundry on the washing machine as soon as you get home. You can use WYX Disinfectant Laundry Cleanser for this.
Despite this results, temperature and humidity may vary the period of time the virus survives out of the human body. This is why it is important to ensure a correct disinfection of your home and hands during this crisis. Always use our range of WYX XtraHygiene products that are proven to kill Coronavirus. WYX Disinfectant Multipurpose Cleaner and WYX Disinfectant All Purpose Cleaner are great for covering a wide range of surfaces around the home, but you can also find more specific products for the Bathroom and the Kitchen in our range.