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How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces?

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The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can live for hours to days on surfaces like countertops and doorknobs. How long it survives depends on the material the surface is made from.

SOURCES:

CDC: "How It Spreads," "Water Transmission and COVID-19."

FDA: "Food safety and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

Harvard Medical School: "Coronavirus Resource Center."

Journal of Hospital Infection : "Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents."

New England Journal of Medicine: "Aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1."

News release, National Institutes of Health.

Purdue University: "Don't fear eating your fruits and veggies as virus concerns grip nation."

UC Davis: "Safe Handling of Fruits and Vegetables."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 29, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: "How It Spreads," "Water Transmission and COVID-19."

FDA: "Food safety and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)."

Harvard Medical School: "Coronavirus Resource Center."

Journal of Hospital Infection : "Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents."

New England Journal of Medicine: "Aerosol and surface stability of SARS-CoV-2 as compared with SARS-CoV-1."

News release, National Institutes of Health.

Purdue University: "Don't fear eating your fruits and veggies as virus concerns grip nation."

UC Davis: "Safe Handling of Fruits and Vegetables."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on May 29, 2020

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