Is it possible to contract COVID-19 from contact with contaminated surfaces ?

Is it possible to contract COVID-19 from contact with contaminated surfaces ?

Dernière modification le 29/04/2020

Under the right conditions, traces of the virus can survive for between several hours and several days on a surface contaminated with droplets.

However, some experts say that the viral load of the virus diminishes very quickly in an external environment. Within a few minutes, the surface is no longer contaminated.

As a precaution, it may be useful to clean surfaces frequently and after they have been touched, particularly if they are visibly dirty.

If you have touched a potentially contaminated surface (lift button, door handle, supermarket trolley, etc.), the most important thing is to comply with barrier measures:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash your hands thoroughly
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