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How long does SARS-Cov-2 live on surfaces?


The harsh facts are that Research has proven that bacteria and viruses (including SARS-Cov-2) can survive for hours and even days on common surfaces including plastic and stainless steel.


Standard Touch Surfaces 

Recent scientific tests by the NIH (National Institutes of Health) using standard surfaces materials; plastic, stainless steel and cardboard, have proven that SARS-Cov-2 remains on these surfaces for up to 2 or 3 days. More specifically, the results showed that it remained on plastic and stainless steel for up to 72 hours and on cardboard for up to 24 hours! These times would vary under real-world conditions and would be dependent on factors such as temperature, humidity, and ventilation however it is evident how we need to be aware of how quickly this could lead to the spread of the virus. The findings highlight how we need to understand the importance of regular hand washing and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The below infographic outlines how long the virus can live on these varying touch surfaces, interestingly the virus can survive in air droplets for as long as 3 hours. However there is currently no robust scientific evidence to support airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2, once again placing further emphasis on the need to innovate with new and more effective touch surfaces that prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.

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Tests by the University of Southampton

Recent tests on our new antimicrobial metal – VBA99 have proven that the virus is killed within 10 minutes of contact with the surface! BA Systems have been working with the University of Southampton who have carried out multiple tests on the antimicrobial metal. The results have been fascinating showing almost all of the SARS-Cov-2 virus is killed within 10 minutes. VBA99 therefore lends itself as the perfect choice for handrail surfaces which are frequently touched, particularly in public environments such as Schools or Universities. The Vetobac VBA99 products have inherent antimicrobial properties and also effectively kill and eliminate a wide range of bacteria including MRSA, Norovirus and E. Coli.

To find out more or request a detailed report of the test results, contact our Technical Director – Stephen Hynd |

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