translated from Spanish: How long does coronavirus survive in the air and on surfaces?

What we know about the new virus based on similar ones that cause diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is that human-to-person spread occurs most often between close and close contacts of respiratory droplets. Although disease control and prevention reports did not document cases of transmission of new coronavirus to people from contaminated surfaces, an analysis found that these can be kept viable in the air for up to 3 hours, in copper for up to 4 hours, in cardboard for up to 24 hours and in plastic and stainless steel for up to 2 to 3 days.
On the other hand, it is also unclear how often hands are contaminated with coronavirus after touching a sick patient or a contaminated surface. Therefore, cleaning followed by disinfection is a good measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory diseases in homes and community environments. These guidelines focus on home environments and are intended for the general public: Cleaning refers to the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Although it does not kill germs, eliminating them decreases their number and the risk of spreading the infection.
Disinfection, on the other hand, refers to the use of germ-killing chemicals on surfaces. Applying these products to a surface after cleaning can further reduce the risk of spread.
Lavender (20 ml per liter of water), alcohol and oxygenated water, detergent and soapy water are great prevention options.

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