Binge-washing with takeaways: the dirty truth about the virus

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Binge-washing with takeaways: the dirty truth about the virus

We found out how long the virus can really survive on surfaces, and if you need to worry about that Pad Thai

Eleanor Steafel

How long does coronavirus live on different types of surfaces? A study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed plastic is the surface the virus remains viable on for the longest – up to 72 hours. On stainless steel, the virus was detected up to 48 hours after application. For cardboard it was 24 hours and for copper just four hours.

But Dr Bharat Pankhania, clinical lecturer at the University of Exeter, says that rather than keeping a running list of how the virus operates on different surfaces and when you last cleaned them, “your mindset needs to be that everything, everyone, everywhere is contaminated. And whatever you handle is a potential risk.”

But that doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of everything you touch, it just means you need to keep up with washing your hands. “Do it meticulously every two hours ... that is the solution.”..

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