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What is the survivability of the COVID-19 virus outside the human body?
Currently, experts do not know exactly how long the virus can stay infectious because it is so new. The World Health Organization's early estimates suggest that COVID-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces for a few hours, or up to several days. This may vary under different conditions (e.g. type of surface, temperature or humidity of the environment). If you think a surface may be infected, clean it with a bleach or alcohol based disinfectant to kill the virus and protect yourself and others. There is no advantage to using antibacterial soap versus regular soap against viruses.
Drafted: 10 March 2020