The CDC answers: How long does COVID-19 live on surfaces?

Posted at 1:18 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 14:21:40-04

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention cautions the public at this time there are still many unknowns about the transmission of COVID-19.

They explain the 2019 coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is believed to be spread from person to person from droplets when closer than six feet away, though they caution there is still not concrete knowledge of how long COVID-19 can live on surfaces.

The CDC's website states "current evidence suggests that SARS-CoV-2 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials."

25 News simulated an average trip to the grocery store and upon arriving home the number of surfaces touched from parking the car to the front door.

During this experiment, nearly ten surfaces were touched before entering the house.

The CDC explains cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are touched frequently is important. Surfaces like door knobs, handles, switches, electronic and more are names specifically as high touch points.

They recommend a 70 percent alcohol solution.

To keep you safe and informed the CDC offers a list of cleaning and disinfecting tips on their website.