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How long does the virus stay on surfaces?

According to the World Health Organization, there is no definite timeline on how long the SARS-COV-2 virus stays on surfaces. But like most coronaviruses, it can stay on surfaces for several hours up to days, depending on the condition such as temperature. If you suspect that a surface is infected, immediately clean it with a disinfectant like alcohol.


Is it safe to receive a package from a country with known COVID-19 cases?
Yes. The risk of contracting the virus from objects that have been transported is low.

If you think a surface is infected, clean it with basic household disinfectant then wash your hands with soap, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Doremalen, N, et al. New England Journal of Medicine. March 2020. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2004973
Department of Health. COVID-19 FAQs.Retrieved from

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