First of all what a day to talk about hygiene.

Seems like COVID 19 has changed the world’s standards of hygiene overnight. Certainly we are now having to adjust to the way we all do things. Plumbing is all about hygiene. So, here is a useful guide to how long COVID-19 can live on surfaces. For the reason that some of these surfaces you probably touch on a daily basis. Keep in mind that researchers still have a lot to learn about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

  • Metal Examples: doorknobs, jewelry, silverware – 5 days.
  • Wood Examples: furniture, decking – 4 days.
  • Plastics Examples: packaging like milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons – 2 to 3 days.
  • Stainless steel Examples: refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles – 2 to 3 days.
  • Cardboard Examples: shipping boxes – 24 hours.
  • Copper Examples: pennies, teakettles, cookware – 4 hours.
  • Aluminum Examples: soda cans, tinfoil, water bottles – 2 to 8 hours.
  • Glass Examples: drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows – Up to 5 days.
  • Ceramics Examples: dishes, pottery, mugs – 5 days.
  • Paper The length of time varies. Some strains of coronavirus live for only a few minutes on paper, while others live for up to 5 days.
  • Water Coronavirus hasn’t been found in drinking water. If it does get into the water supply, your local water treatment plant filters and disinfects the water, which should kill any germs. Coronaviruses can live on a variety of other surfaces, like fabrics and countertops.
To reduce your chance of catching or spreading coronavirus, clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects each day. Personal, motor vehicle and office hygiene is of the utmost importance. Disinfect the following at the office, home and transport everyday:-
  • Countertops
  • Tables
  • Doorknobs
  • Bathroom fixtures
  • Phones
  • Keyboards
  • Remote controls
  • Toilets
Furthermore, use a household cleaning spray or wipe. If the surfaces are dirty, clean them first with soap and water and then disinfect them. Keep surfaces clean, even if everyone in your house is healthy. People who are infected may not show symptoms, but they can still shed the virus onto surfaces.
Finally it would seem we are being stretched in every way right now. Take some time to think about your soul, your body and your mind. Most importantly take care everyone, and be safe.

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