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How Long Does Coronavirus Linger On Surfaces?

Oct 29, 2020

When it comes to keeping your home, school, or other place of business as safe as possible from Covid-19 infection, it’s important to know how long coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen that causes Covid-19) lingers on surfaces. Fortunately we have learned a lot of information from research in this area, so we can be best prepared to tackle this threat.

Different Surfaces, Different Timeline

According to a study by the Cleveland Clinic, different surface materials allow coronavirus to live for a variable amount of time. The longer the time it can live, the more likely it is that someone can unknowingly transfer the viral particles from one place to another. While viruses prefer a living host (humans), they also like smooth surfaces. Here is what we know about the most common surfaces, on average:

  • Plastic – 3 days
  • Stainless-steel – 3 days
  • Wood – 4 days
  • Glass – 5 days
  • Cardboard – 24 hours

Why do we need to know this information? It is critical to determining what methods to use to disinfect. Places of business or schools typically contain wood, glass, and plastic, which host pathogens longer and therefore need regular disinfection.

What Is The Best Way To Disinfect?

Because most facilities have a mix of materials, people most often choose electrostatic disinfection. The fine mist clings to nearly every type of surface and disinfects quickly as it dries. Regardless of the material, it coats everything from floor to ceiling. In addition, electrostatic disinfection uses less chemical solution than wiping – making it safer and more cost effective.

The CDC recommends having a plan in place for disinfection and for what to do in case of exposure at your facility. We can be a part of that plan. Let Virus Assassins help you open your place of business (and keep it open) with regular disinfection by our electrostatic spray service. Our solution is EPA approved to kill the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19. This method is widely accepted as the best choice for quick and effective protection. In fact, electrostatic disinfecting has proven 8 times more effective than wiping. We have been successfully using it in schools, offices, medical facilities, and more. Our team experienced team services all types of environments to ensure your space is as germ free as possible. Get started today with our online calculator or contact us for a free quote.

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