The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a highly contagious virus that can spread quickly from person to person. But how long can it survive on surfaces? Recent laboratory tests suggest that the virus can remain viable on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to 72 hours, and on cardboard for up to 24 hours. This means that it is important to take precautions when handling surfaces that may have been exposed to the virus. Washing your hands often, avoiding touching your face, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces every day are all important steps to take in order to reduce the risk of infection.
It is also important to remember that while traces of the virus have been found on surfaces, there is no evidence that it is viable in those locations. The best way to protect yourself and others from the virus is to practice good hygiene and social distancing. Wearing a face mask when out in public, avoiding large gatherings, and keeping a distance of at least six feet from other people are all effective ways to reduce the risk of infection.