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30 Surfaces Where COVID-19 Lives Longest

The coronavirus can remain on surfaces for up to 5 days. 
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With you washing your hands for 20 seconds after going outside, you'd needn't worry too much about spreading COVID-19 in your home. However, studies show the virus can last a long time on certain surfaces if spread. Here's a list of specific items and how long coronavirus might last on them—ranked from longest to least longest.

1

Doorknobs

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As something we touch multiple times a day, be mindful that the virus can live on them for 5 days. 

Studies show it can live on metal for 5 days, wood for 4 days, plastic and stainless steel for 2 to 3 days, cardboard for 24 hours, copper for 4 hours, aluminum for 2 to 8 hours, glass and ceramics for 5 days and for paper, it varies depending on the virus strain, according to WebMD

2

Dishes

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While we're all grazing on our food during this time, be sure to touch your plates with clean hands. Once contaminated, the virus can live on them for 5 days. 

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3

Pottery

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Your decor may be aesthetically pleasing, but the virus can last on its surface for 5 days. 

4

Jewelry

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Your necklaces, bracelets, and rings may look nice, but it's best to leave them at home, as the virus can survive for 5 days.

5

Silverware

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Since you use utensils with your hands, be sure to properly clean them afterwards, as the virus on them can last for 5 days. 

6

Mirrors

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While it's good to look your best, keep in mind that the coronavirus can live on your mirror for up to 5 days.

7

Windows

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Window cleaning might be a good hobby to pick up during social distancing, as the virus can live on them for up to 5 days. 

8

Countertops

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Ceramic countertops can house virus particles for five days, be careful when placing outside groceries on them.

9

Phones

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Try to stay off the phone while grocery shopping as the virus can live on their glass surface for up to 5 days.

 

10

Measuring Cups

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You may pick up baking as a hobby during this time, but be sure to clean any measuring cups before using, as the coronavirus can live on them for up to 5 days. 

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11

Drinking Glasses

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While it's important to stay hydrated, be sure to touch your glass with clean hands, as the virus can survive up to 5 days on its surface. 

12

Your Furniture

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It's best to change out of your outside clothes when you head back inside, as the virus could stay on your couch for 4 days. 

13

Your Deck

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The coronavirus can last on wood for 4 days; it's best to avoid touching it with shoes that have been on the streets. 

14

Subway and Bus Seats

 

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Be sure to practice social distancing and stand six feet away on public transportation, as the seats can hoard the virus for 2 to 3 days. 

15

Detergent Bottles

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It's important to keep your clothes clean, but remember that the virus can last on the bottle for 2 to 3 days when buying it.  

16

Milk Containers

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It definitely is important to get your daily dose of calcium, especially during this trying time, but touch the milk carton with clean hands, as the virus can live on its surface for 2 to 3 days. 

17

Elevator Buttons

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With elevators being used by countless people daily, keep in mind that the buttons can store the virus for 2 to 3 days

18

Water Bottles

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While hydroflasks are very much in style, it's important to note that the virus may live on them for 2 to 3 days. 

19

Remote Controls

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With remotes being plastic, the virus can live on them for 2 to 3 days. 

20

Refrigerators

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When you're putting your food, keep in mind that the virus can live on the fridge for 2 to 3 days.

21

Pots and Pans

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As you learn more recipes staying home, keep in mind that the virus can last on these surfaces for 2 to 3 days. 

22

Sinks

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As you wash your hands and dirty dishes in the sink, it's no surprise that the wet environment can welcome the virus for 2 to 3 days.

23

Backpacks

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It's a good thing that schools are closed, as the risk of bringing COVID-19 home is very high, especially since it lasts for 2 to 3 days on backpacks. 

24

Plastic Bags

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If you haven't already, it might be time to invest in a tote bag to use when shopping, as the virus can survive on plastic bags for 2 to 3 days.

25

Cardboard Boxes

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With delivery and shipping being the recommended ways of shopping, it's important to note that COVID-19 can last on shipping boxes for 24 hours. 

26

Soda Cans

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Wash your hands and the top of the can before drinking from it, as the virus can survive on that surface for 2 to 8 hours. 

27

Teakettles

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Drinking tea may calm your nerves, but be sure you touch it with clean hands, as the virus lives on their surface for 4 hours.

28

Pennies

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Some countries have the right idea to ax pennies as a form of currency, as the coronavirus can live on the copper surface for 4 hours. 

29

Steering Wheel

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Depending on the material, the length of time varies. To be on the safe side, use hand sanitizer wheel after leaving stores and wash your hands when you get home, with occasionally disinfecting the wheel.

30

Paper

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The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.

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