Surfaces where viruses live the longest
Washing hands may be enough to clean our hands and get rid of possible contact with viruses. However, our ‘itchy’ hands are bound to touch surfaces after washing our hands. For example you who are reading this blog now! Your hands probably touched the keyboard and the mouse, the screen of your phone or your phone case which viruses and bacteria are invisible to the naked eye.
Studies have shown that the virus (COVID-19) can last a long time on certain surfaces if spread. Here’s a list of specific household items which you are bound to touch daily, and how long coronavirus might last on them—ranked from longest to shortest.
Studies show it can live on metal for 5 days, wood for 4 days, plastic and stainless steel for 2 to 3 days, cardboard for 24 hours, copper for 4 hours, aluminum for 2 to 8 hours, glass and ceramics for 5 days and for paper, it varies depending on the virus strain, according to WebMD.
As something we touch multiple times a day, be mindful that the virus can live on them for 5 days.
While we’re all grazing on our food during this time, be sure to touch your plates with clean hands. Once contaminated, the virus can live on them for 5 days.
Your decor may be aesthetically pleasing, but the virus can last on its surface for 5 days.
Your necklaces, bracelets, and rings may look nice, but it’s best to leave them at home, as the virus can survive for 5 days.
Since you use utensils with your hands, be sure to properly clean them afterwards, as the virus on them can last for 5 days.
While it’s good to look your best, keep in mind that the coronavirus can live on your mirror for up to 5 days.
Window cleaning might be a good hobby to pick up during social distancing, as the virus can live on them for up to 5 days.
8. Countertops (Ceramic)
Ceramic countertops can house virus particles for five days, be careful when placing outside groceries on them.
Phones are ranked 9! Try to stay off the phone especially while grocery shopping as the virus can live on their glass surface for up to 5 days. Do remember to disinfect your phone cases and screens with disinfectant spray daily.
10. Measuring Cups
During the circuit breaker, You may pick up baking as a hobby during this time, but be sure to clean any measuring cups before using, as the coronavirus can live on them for up to 5 days.
11. Drinking Glasses
While it’s important to stay hydrated, be sure to touch your glass with clean hands, as the virus can survive up to 5 days on its surface.
12. Your Furniture
It’s best to change out of your outside clothes when you head back inside, as the virus could stay on your couch for 4 days.
13. Wooden platforms
The coronavirus can last on wood for 4 days; it’s best to avoid touching it with shoes that have been on the streets.
17. Elevator Buttons
A popular place where viruses can spread easily. Elevator buttons. With elevators being used by countless people daily, keep in mind that the buttons can store the virus for 2 to 3 days
14. Subway and Bus Seats
Be sure to practice social distancing and stand six feet away on public transportation, as the seats can hoard the virus for 2 to 3 days.
15. Detergent Bottles
It’s important to keep your clothes clean, but remember that the virus can last on the bottle for 2 to 3 days when buying it.
16. Milk Containers
It definitely is important to get your daily dose of calcium, especially during this trying time, but touch the milk carton with clean hands, as the virus can live on its surface for 2 to 3 days.
18. Water Bottles (Metal)
While hydroflasks are very much in style, it’s important to note that the virus may live on them for 2 to 3 days.
19. Remote Controls (Plastic)
With remotes being plastic, the virus can live on them for 2 to 3 days.
When you’re putting your food, keep in mind that the virus can live on the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
21. Pots and Pans
As you learn more recipes staying home, keep in mind that the virus can last on these surfaces for 2 to 3 days.
As you wash your hands and dirty dishes in the sink, it’s no surprise that the wet environment can welcome the virus for 2 to 3 days.
It may be good thing that schools are closed, as the risk of bringing COVID-19 home is very high, especially since it lasts for 2 to 3 days on backpacks. So clean your bags!
24. Plastic Bags
If you haven’t already, it might be time to invest in a tote bag to use when shopping, as the virus can survive on plastic bags for 2 to 3 days.
25. Cardboard Boxes
With delivery and shipping being the recommended ways of shopping, it’s important to note that COVID-19 can last on shipping boxes for 24 hours.
26. Soda Cans
Wash your hands and the top of the can before drinking from it, as the virus can survive on that surface for 2 to 8 hours.
For tea drinkers, this is for you. Drinking tea may calm your nerves, but be sure you touch it with clean hands, as the virus lives on their surface for 4 hours.
28. Pennies (Copper)
Some countries have the right idea to ax pennies as a form of currency, as the coronavirus can live on the copper surface for 4 hours.
29. Steering Wheel
Drivers beware. Depending on the material, the length of time varies. To be on the safe side, use disinfectant spray to disinfect the wheel after leaving stores and sanitize your hands frequently.
Last but not least, paper. The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.
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