How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Different Types of Surfaces?

The coronavirus was first observed in late 2019, which cause an illness known as COVID-19. It can spread easily from person to person.

It consists of respiratory droplets and these droplets are produced when someone with the virus talks, coughs or sneezes near you, and then these droplets may land on your body and can infect you with this virus.

As of now, coronavirus has infected more than 7 million people around the world and 414,164 people have lost their lives.

So, this is a list of products or items by which you touch daily.

How Long Does the Coronavirus Live on Different Types of Surfaces?

The coronavirus can live for hours to days depending on surfaces. It depends on the surface of the material. 

Here's a guide that -- how long does the coronavirus live on different types of surfaces -- which we probably touch every day. But, keep in mind that researchers still have a lot to learn about the new virus.

Different Kinds of Surfaces


A wide variety of objects or products are made up of metal, which we use every day. Some of the examples of metals are:

  • Doorknobs
  • Jewellery
  • Silverware
  • Industrial equipment

The researchers have found that they could detect the virus on the metal's surface for 4 to 5 days.

Stainless Steel

It is a family of iron-based alloys that contain approximately 11% chromium. Many products are made up of Stainless steel, which we use every day. Some of the examples are:

  • Water bottles
  • Door handles
  • Refrigerators
  • Keys
  • Cutlery
  • Sinks
  • Pots and Pans

  • The virus can live on stainless steel's surface for 4 to 6 days.


    It is most commonly used in electrical equipment such as wiring and motors. These are the few more products made up of copper:

    • Pennies
    • Teakettles
    • Coins
    • Cookware
    • Jewellery
    • Electrical wires

    The NEJM article detected that the virus on copper surfaces only lives for 4 hours.


    It is a silvery-white, lightweight metal, soft and malleable. Because of its particular properties, It is used in a huge variety of products like:

    • Cans
    • Foils
    • Bottles
    • Kitchen utensils
    • Window frames

    The coronavirus could be detected on al for 2 to 8 hours.


    Many objects of our daily use are made of plastic. Some examples of plastic made products are:

    • Milk containers
    • Elevator buttons
    • Backpacks
    • Bus seats
    • Water bottles
    • Milk containers
    • Credit cards
    • remote controls and video game controllers
    • Light switches
    • Computer keyboards and mouse
    • ATM buttons
    • Toys

    The researchers found that the virus could live on plastic for up 2 to 4 days.


    You may come to contact with some of the cardboard surfaces,  like food packaging and shipping boxes, etc.

    The study found that no viable virus was detected on cardboard after 24 hours.


    These products are hard, porous, and brittle and used to make many common objects that we touch every day. Few examples of Ceramics are:

    • Mugs
    • Pottery
    • Bricks
    • Tiles
    • Dishes

    It is found that the virus could live on these products for up 4 to 5 days.


    It is the most common thing that we use daily. Some common examples of paper products are:

    • Money
    • Letters
    • Magazines and newspapers
    • Tissues
    • Paper towels
    • Toilet paper

    The study found that some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while the virus could be detected on paper money for 4 to 5 days.


    We are surrounded with many products that are made of glass. We also touch them frequently every day. few examples  of these products are

    • Windows
    • Mirrors
    • Drinkware
    • Screens for TVs, computers, and smartphones

    The study found that the coronavirus lives on glass surfaces for 2 to 4 days.


    Almost all the furniture in our home is made up of wood. Few common examples are:

    • Tabletops
    • Shelving
    • Chair
    • Doors
    • Bed

    The researchers found that the coronavirus can live up to 2 to 4 days on wood surfaces.

    Clothes and Shoes

    What You Can Do

    To reduce the risk of catching or spreading the virus, you have to clean and disinfect common surfaces and objects in your home and office every day. This includes:

    • Room furniture
    • Countertops
    • Tables
    • Bathroom fixtures
    • Phones
    • Keyboards
    • Remote controls
    • Toilets
    • Utensils