Updated: Mar 29
A recent study found that the SARS-CoV-2 virus could survive on human skin for nine hours -- significantly longer than the roughly two hours that the flu virus could remain a threat. Even more significantly, coronavirus can survive 11 hours when it was mixed with mucus, as it would be from a cough or sneeze. The good news is that when the samples were exposed to an 80% alcohol type hand sanitizer, the virus was inactivated within 15 seconds.
As far as the non skin surfaces that were tested, the SARS-CoV-2 virus survived for well over 72 hours on both glass and stainless steel, which supports previous studies that show the need for cleaning of contaminated surfaces.
For the full study click HERE.