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Study: Coronavirus Can Survive for Up to 24 Hours on Cardboard, 3 Days on Plastics

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The study also found the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, can survive on steel for up to 48 hours, and on copper for up to four hours. So it's a good idea to clean your electronics, and to wash your hands after opening up packages.

A new study has found the coronavirus can survive on plastic-made electronics, such as a keyboard or mouse, for up to three days, and on cardboard for up to 24 hours.

On Tuesday, researchers from the National Institute of Health, the CDC, and UCLA published a study that confirms the coronavirus strain, COVID-19, can spread on surfaces. The study was conducted by placing a sample of the virus on different materials. The researchers found that COVID-19 can survive with enough “viable virus” on plastic for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours.

As a result, it’s a good idea to regularly clean your electronics amid the ongoing outbreak, which has now infected more than 6,519 people in the US. We also recommend you thoroughly wash your hands after you open any cardboard packaging.

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