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Surface Safety: How Long COVID-19 Can Survive on Certain Materials

Apr 3 2020

Person-to-person interaction still remains the main way COVID-19 is spreading so quickly throughout the world. However, COVID-19 can also spread through contaminated surfaces. Infection can occur when a healthy person touches a virus contaminated surface and then touches their face, eyes or mouth.

It is still uncertain how long COVID-19 can survive on surfaces, according to health care professionals. However, they believe the virus can survive on certain materials for a few hours up to multiple days.

Keep your home clean and safe by learning how long COVID-19 could potentially live on specific surfaces.


It is thought that COVID-19 can survive for up to 72 hours on plastic. Stay ahead of any germs by regularly disinfecting plastic surfaces such as cell phones, computers, remote controls and countertops. It is also a good idea to clean plastic food containers from both the grocery and takeout with a disinfecting wipe.

Stainless Steel

COVID-19 can potentially live for up to 72 hours on stainless steel surfaces. Aim to clean door knobs, faucets, cookware, kitchen appliances and any other stainless steel items every couple of days.


Reports say COVID-19 can live on glass for up to 96 hours. Cleaning and disinfecting glass surfaces in your home, such as mirrors, widows and doors, can greatly help prevent the spread of germs.


It is believed that COVID-19 can live on paper for a couple of minutes to a couple of days. The reports vary. To be safe, be sure to wash your hands after handling any mail or letters. 


COVID-19 can live on cardboard surfaces anywhere between eight and 24 hours. Receiving packages in the mail during this time is still safe. Just be sure to wipe down your packages with a disinfecting wipe upon arrival.

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