According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), person-to-person contact is thought to be the main way of transmission for COVID-19.
When people infected with COVID-19 cough or sneeze, they expel tiny droplets that contain the virus. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby and cause contamination.
Virus-laden droplets can also land on the frequently touched surfaces around us – handrails, door handles, elevator buttons, etc. It is possible that a person can get infected with COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes.
According to the New England Journal of Medicine report, coronavirus can survive and remain infectious on various objects from a couple of hours to a couple of days.
For your convenience, we put together this infographics with COVID-19 lifetime on different types of surfaces:infographics
How to clean and disinfect these surfaces?
The CDC recommends the following steps on cleaning and disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces in your house to lower the infection risk.
#1. Wear disposable gloves before cleaning and disinfecting.
#2. Clean surfaces using soap and water. Cleaning will remove germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces – tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.
#3. Then disinfect the surfaces. It involves the use of chemicals to kill pathogens. Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
Wash your hands and stay safe!