Life Expectancy... of COVID-19
Did you know that the average life expectancy is about 78 years? Well, that’s the average life expectancy of a human. But what about a virus? How long do they live? Today, we’ll explore how long the coronavirus lasts on various surfaces, and you’ll learn why it really is important to clean, clean, clean!
Good news: We can get the mail again! Or can we? As with anything, be cautious when dealing with paper that other people have touched. Some strains of the virus only last for a few minutes, while others can live up to 5 days. Since you can’t effectively bleach or wash your mail, it’s best to let the papers sit for several days to ensure that any virus that may have been on it is now dead. Then, enjoy those fun letters from all your friends! (Or, if you’re like me, enjoy the not-so-fun messages from your bill collectors.)
Getting mail is great, but do you know what’s even better? When I order online and my packages get delivered! Wait… can we catch the coronavirus from our packages? It isn’t very likely, but be cautious. The coronavirus lasts on cardboard (like boxes from Amazon) for up to 24 hours. Also, if you come into contact with the person delivering your packages, that increases the risk factor. For minimum exposure, let the delivery people leave the package outside. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving it outside for the full 24 hours of decontaminating, bring it inside, and wash your hands thoroughly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
What about plastic? How long does Covid-19 last on things like plastic bags, elevator buttons, and even bus seats? Research shows that the coronavirus lasts for 2 to 3 days on most plastics. You should wear gloves if you need to have access to areas that are frequently touched, such as elevator buttons. And, as always, wash your hands well immediately after coming in contact with high-touch plastics. As for the bus or subway seats, it’s best to avoid those modes of transportation altogether, especially if you don’t intend to wear a mask. For more information on the life span of Covid-19, check out this list from WebMD.
At EcoHealth KC, we are partnering with a local Kansas City company to provide our city and nation with an all-natural, efficient hand sanitizer. Soap and water is your first defense after touching potentially contaminated items. However, when you don’t have access to soap and water, our HOCl hand sanitizer is a helpful cleaner. By taking the proper safety measures, we can stop the spread of Covid-19. Together, we can decrease the life expectancy of the virus and increase the life expectancy of the people around us.