Survival Times of COVID-19 on All Types of Surfaces
Scientists now know exactly how long the coronavirus can survive on porous and nonporous surfaces. According to the U.S. CDC and U.S. FDA,COVID-19 can remain viable on metal, ceramic, glass and paper surfaces for up to five days. It can remain transmissible and infectious on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces for up to three days. If the coronavirus is transferred to cardboard items, it will survive for up to 24 hours. Aluminum and copper surfaces are the least “friendly” to COVID-19 because of their antimicrobial properties. Coronaviruses expire in less than eight hours when conveyed to items with aluminum or copper surfaces. Currently, there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread via food or water.