Viability of Coronavirus
The CDC estimates that the coronavirus could live and be viable for “several hours up to multiple days.”
One study published this week found the virus could be detected in the air for up to three hours after aerosolizing with a nebulizer, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard, and for as many as three days on plastic and stainless steel.
Studies that were previously published have shown that coronaviruses not just the new one, specifically, can live for as many as nine days on surfaces, especially if the conditions are perfect in regards to sunlight exposure, heat, humidity, and other factors said Joseph Fair, a virologist, epidemiologist and NBC News Science contributor.
“Coronaviruses have been with us for millions of years — not this one, but other coronaviruses,” Fair told TODAY.