Here's How Long COVID-19
Lives On Surfaces - Bio-One of Tucson
May 27, 2020 by David Scott
Presently, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your business is safe from COVID-19. If we all do our part in social distancing, staying clean, and disinfecting our buildings, the sooner things can get back to normal.
Only, this can be a difficult prospect, given that COVID-19 can be spread by people who don’t show symptoms. Furthermore, the virus can dwell on certain hard surfaces for a few hours up to a few days. While we strongly recommend that you call us for professional COVID-19 cleaning services if your building has verifiably been exposed, it’s also wise to clean your business as if it were present, just as a precautionary measure.
For that reason, it’s important to know how long COVID-19 lasts on basic surfaces. As the time of this blog post’s writing, this is what the current evidence suggests:
How Long COVID-19 Survives on Surfaces
Copper Surfaces - 4 Hours: Fortunately, most businesses aren’t exactly filled with copper surfaces, but if you do have any, be wary if people have recently touched them. The virus purportedly survives for about four hours or so on copper. Keep copper surfaces clean if they’re in a situation where they’re frequently being used.
Cardboard - 24 Hours: For many businesses, cardboard boxes are a regular part of the job. So, be wary. The virus can survive for 24 hours on any box. You’ll want to make sure you know where every box has been, and where it came from. Take extra caution around boxes, because it’s impossible to know if their previous handler was exposed.
Plastic and Stainless Steel - 3 Days: This statistic is dangerous because the average American business is loaded with plastic and stainless steel. The former is used for just about everything, and the latter is a very popular choice in the kitchen. Be extra diligent about disinfecting these items, because they could harbor the virus from a visitor who came over as far back as three days ago. Since plastic and stainless steel objects are usually the types of items that are handled frequently, be on your guard and keep disinfectant close.
Wood - 4 Days: Wood may be fairly prominent in your commercial building. Refrigerator handles, cupboards, doors — all of these things are often made with wood, and they’re all items that are frequently touched. Because COVID-19 can last a whopping four days on wood don’t neglect your cleaning and disinfecting duties.
Glass - 5 Days: Glass is the most vulnerable surface to prolonged COVID-19 exposure. The virus can purportedly last up to five days! Keep your windows clean, wash your dishes, and disinfect your smartphone on a regular basis. And of course, advise visitors not to handle glass items unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Professional COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Services
It can be understandably daunting to keep all of these surfaces clean on a regular basis — it’s undoubtedly more of a workload than you’re used to. Has your business or commercial building recently been exposed to COVID-19? Even with diligent cleaning on your part, there’s no way to ensure that you’ve completely eliminated the virus molecules. And that’s why you should call Bio-One of Tucson. We’re uniquely equipped to clean biological messes, and we’ve been continually providing COVID-19 cleanup services to the people of Arizona. Don’t take chances — contact us today for professional cleaning and disinfecting.