2 doctors weighed in:

How long do the germs live on a hand that has been coughed on?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Surgery - Hand Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends on the germ

Both bacteria and viruses can survive on your hands for quite a while.
Some bacteria like staph and strep live on your skin all the time. Most viruses don't survive too long, (hrs to days) on your skin. This is why it is important to clean your hands frequently, especially if you have the flu or a cold.

In brief: Depends on the germ

Both bacteria and viruses can survive on your hands for quite a while.
Some bacteria like staph and strep live on your skin all the time. Most viruses don't survive too long, (hrs to days) on your skin. This is why it is important to clean your hands frequently, especially if you have the flu or a cold.
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Dr. Raymond Wittstadt
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Board Certified, Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
23 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors