At this current point in time it unclear is exactly how long SARS-CoV-2, the name of the virus that causes the disease Covid-19, can survive outside the human body.
Researchers can look to other studies on other coronaviruses, including Sars and Mers. The outcome was the corona viruses can survive on metal, glass and plastic for as long as nine days, unless they are properly disinfected.
Coronaviruses are well known to be particularly resilient in terms of where they can survive. And researchers are now beginning to understand more about how this affects the spread of the new coronavirus.
Research has also shown that coronaviruses can be inactivated within a minute by disinfecting surfaces with 62-71% alcohol, or 0.5% hydrogen peroxide bleach or household bleach containing 0.1% sodium hypochlorite.
The main message is:
Clean and Disinfect! Regularly and Multiple times
Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces. Cleaning does not kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.
Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs, but by killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection.
High-Touch Surfaces to Clean and Disinfect:
Doorways/Doorhandles (example on freezer/fridge doors!)
Hard dining chairs (seat, back and arms)
Any benches that staff/customers use
Faucets, faucet knobs
Toilets, (seat and handle)
Personal items Mobile Phones, keys and wallets
Clothing (recommended laundry wash in high temperatures)