COVID-19 Surface Life

COVID-19 can live on some common household surfaces for up to 3 days. Information and knowledge is evolving all the time. Currently it is thought that the virus can live for up to:


2-3 hours in the air

Up to 4 hours on copper

Up to 24 hours on cardboard, glass and metal

Up to 2 or 3 days on plastic and stainless steel

Therefore, these surfaces need to be disinfected before they are safe to touch. All surfaces which are touched frequently, such as light switches, door handles, kitchen surfaces, and bathroom surfaces should be regularly disinfected. 

The above has been quoted from the cleaning protocols prepared for self-catering and short-term let properties by the Professional Association of Self-Caterers UK, the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) and Premier Cottages Ltd. The work was also supported and received input from the Tourism Alliance, The Wales Tourism Alliance, The Scottish Tourism Alliance and the Wales Association of Self-Catering Operators


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