How Long Does The Coronavirus Last On Surfaces?

March 27 21:38 2020
How Long Does The Coronavirus Last On Surfaces?
We have been asked this question a million times and there are a lot of theories out there so we want to set the record straight.

We have been asked this question a million times and there are a lot of theories out there so we want to set the record straight. According to the World Health Organization, they are still researching and gaining information on this particular new strand of Covid-19. However, studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment).

Ways You Can Help Prevent The Spread Of Covid-19

CLEAN EVERYTHING! Regardless if you think it is infected, clean it with a simple disinfectant to kill the virus to protect yourself and others. If you get a package delivered, wipe it down inside and out. Do this in your garage so you are not bringing the virus into your home. If you get takeout or delivery, remove the food, wipe down the package preferably before it enters your home. Clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash then with soap and water. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose.

What is the source of the virus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people. This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.

How does it spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Can someone who has the virus spread it to others?

The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.

Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:

  • The patient is free from fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
  • The patient is no longer showing symptoms, including cough.
  • The patient has tested negative on at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected at least 24 hours apart.

Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.

What are symptoms of the coronavirus?

Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Should I be tested?

If you develop symptoms such as fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. Older patients and individuals who have severe underlying medical conditions or are immunocompromised should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild. If you have severe symptoms, such as persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse, or bluish lips of face, contact your healthcare provider or emergency room and seek care immediately. Your doctor will determine if you have signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and whether you should be tested.

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We serve area businesses like yours with exceptional coronavirus cleaning and property maintenance services and would like the opportunity to speak with you further about how TMG Companies can serve you in these areas. Please call (860) 629-0031 or visit TMG Companies online at: tmgcompaniesllc.com to schedule a free estimate. We look forward to speaking with you!

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