We read an interesting article recently about how long the COVID-19 pest hangs around once it lands on various surfaces.
The virus can hang in the air for up to 3 hours, but different surfaces have different hang times as follows;
- Copper – 4 hours. Interestingly enough, copper is a natural disinfectant.
- Cardboard – 16 hours
- Stainless Steel – 21 hours
- Plastic – 21 hours
So what does this mean in the world of social distancing and navigating the great outdoors?
If you are a commuter, the bug can literally hang on the stainless steel bus or subway hangers or straps for up to 72 hours.
Might be a good idea to wear gloves.
If you venture into the supermarket for those needed groceries, the pushcart handles can host the little bugger 72 hours as well.
Use the provided wipes.
Just about any door or freezer handle will also need the Wipes attention.
UPS and FEDEX can deliver a cardboard box of Corona, as well.
Wipe it down with disinfectant.
Glass doors, windows, and such can provide a safe landing for up to 96 hours, especially if it is cold like on a grocery store freezer cabinet. Gloves and wipes work well.
The little buggers are all around, but you can rest assured that they won’t jump off a surface at you, you have to physically pick them up.