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how long can the novel coronavirus survive (remain a human threat) without being transmitted to people?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: There are reports of extended (days) survival on stainless steel but only hours on cardboard. Airborne droplets likely survive for up to 3 hours. Antiseptic wipes or lotions kill it immediately. Simple hand washing with soap or exposure to hydrogen peroxide also kills it. You main area of risk is touching a surface with an active virus & then touching your face/mouth/eyes. Masks remind you not to.
Answered on Apr 8, 2020
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