In 2003 the spread out of SARS-COV-1 from China throughout 26 countries, infected about 9000 people. The COVID-19 pandemic has far surpassed the rate and reach of the past coronavirus contamination, pushing the researchers to find out the relation between both pandemics.
It isn’t sure to what extent the virus that causes COVID-19 lasts on surfaces; however, it appears to behave like other coronaviruses. Studies recommend that coronaviruses may continue to live on surfaces for a couple of hours or as long as a few days. The shelf life of Virus may depend on various conditions e.g. the type of surface, humidity, and low/high temperatures of the environment. The researchers, after the various experimental introductions the Virus to different surfaces in controlled lab environments, found out that on the cardboard surface the virus lasts for 24 hours and on tissue papers, it remains infective up to three hours. Yet, on surgical masks, plastic, and stainless steel it can live for up to 7 days which is alarming.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) says that sterilizing the common and frequently-touched surfaces daily, for example, doorknobs, utensils, and kitchen counters are still very important because you are more averse to transmit the virus by surfaces, but if any infected person expelled respiratory droplets on any surface it can remain alive for up to 72 hours and infect anyone who touches.
Coronavirus is an infection, much like flu and others in this classification. Coughing and sneezing out the small drops of bodily fluids and saliva spreads it. Although coronavirus cannot be ingested through your skin, still it can enter your system. It can enter your body through mouth, nose, and eyes and through a bruise or cut. New researches suggest that coronavirus particles may survive for a couple of hours in airborne structure when sneezed out in the air; it can float around for a couple of hours.
The spread of coronavirus through currency notes or coins has yet no evidentiary approval or disapproval; COVID-19 can live on surfaces up to 7 days which makes it really crucial that you keep the possibly contaminated surfaces clean and keep disinfecting it with surface cleaners. If you are getting groceries and other things delivered to your home there might be a chance that the delivery-guy or someone who packed, might be a virus carrier, so it is very important to disinfect the packages before opening it and wash your hands after that. Keep concerned about your basic hygiene and wash your hands every time after getting in contact with the high-use surfaces, things, money, and refrain from touching your mouth eyes and nose. Keep the distance of 3 to 6 feet from a person who has flu or coughing; follow social-distancing protocol and safe.