COVID19 has turned everyone's world upside down and completely rocked the our economies. This very virus is the reason millions have had to go into various lockdowns, with the end still no where in sight. Although it's a scary time for many and most will know someone who has suffered from the virus, at least we now understand where it's most common hiding places are and how to keep ourselves safe from infection. Below is a list of surfaces the virus can live on for a number of hours or days, depending on the environment. Cardboard In a recent study, it was discovered that COVID can remain active on various kinds of surfaces within a controlled laboratory setting. COVID was still detectable on cardboard for up to 24 hours. This means that if there is porous material, it's likely to house COVID for a 24 hour period, this includes material such as fabric and paper as well. Plastic, stainless steel and counter tops It's been discovered that COVID can survive on plastic, stainless steel and countertops as an infectious virus for up to three days, which means sanitisation is key to killing the germs and transferring them from object to ourselves. This means these material are the biggest threat as they hold the virus for the longest amount of time. These kinds of materials include children's play equipment, public transport handles and your mobile phone. We need to keep these objects clean and safe. Copper The very reason supermarkets and shops are encouraging contactless payments is because copper, our coins, are germ havens! In a recent study, it was found that active particles of COVID lasted up to four hours on copper, which means the practise of contactless payments is so important!
Air When we cough, we produce 3,000 droplets that come into contact with anything in our way. COVID can remain active and possibly infectious for three hours in airborne droplets, This is the easiest way for COVID to pass from human to human as we are constantly around other people who are possibly contagious. These droplets also fall onto surfaces, and if we then touch these surfaces, we can easily become infected.