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