Coronavirus: Everyday objects to avoid touching

Staff writer

One thing that makes the coronavirus so virulent is its ability to spread so easily from person-to-person through air droplets and survive on different surfaces for long periods of time.

Many of the everyday objects that we constantly touch could become carriers for the virus. While it's generally harder to transmit from objects and surfaces - it's probably not a bad idea to wipe down your mobile phone, keys and door handles every so often.

But how long can the virus survive on different surfaces?

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The World Health Organisation says that the virus could last from hours to days depending on a number of factors, these include ambient temperature, humidity and the type of material.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that the virus could live up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and up to three days on stainless steel and plastics.

The coronavirus could also potentially remain active in air droplets for up to three hours. This could explain why some community transmissions have infected more than one to two people in the immediate area of an infected person.