The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that transmission of the coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented.
Transmission of coronavirus in general occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites.
Current evidence suggests that coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials.
Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings.
- Cleaning and disinfection after persons suspected/confirmed to have COVID-19 have been in the facility
- How to clean and disinfect
- Personal protective equipment and hand hygiene
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency registered antimicrobial products for use against novel coronavirus
- Additional considerations for employers