Can the virus live in the air or surfaces?

EH from nextdoor asked this practical question, thank you!

UCLA and NIH did a quick study investigating how long virus can be detected in certain scenarios:

  • Aerosolized virus can be detected up to 3 hours in air
  • 4 hours up to 3 days on surfaces depending on material

Please note viability does not tell us infectious ability.

Also, this study wasn’t peer reviewed. In this setting with such a dearth of information, all these data points are helpful, so let’s use this to make actionable decisions about importance of keeping workplaces regularly cleaned!

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