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Viability of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces 437.73 KB

This rapid research brief responds to the question: how long does the SARS-CoV-2 virus remain viable on different surfaces, particularly clothes, cardboard, plastic, stainless steel, and copper?

Main findings:

  • While viable virus particles (i.e., functionally intact and potentially infectious) can be detected on surfaces, the extent to which people can be infected by exposure to contaminated surfaces remains to be determined.
  • Standard disinfection procedures should be sufficient to reduce surface contamination.
  • The viability of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces is reduced by heat and simulated sunlight.
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