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#295619 - 04/05/20 03:53 PM How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces?
Doug_Ritter Offline


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Consider the source, of course... However, with all the delivery going on, worth consideration.

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#295620 - 04/05/20 06:20 PM Re: How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces? [Re: Doug_Ritter]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline

Registered: 11/13/06
Posts: 2400
Loc: Somewhere in Florida
Mom is disinfecting every package we receive.

Before the current drill, Mom had already been doing most of her shopping online. We receive so many packages that I got to know our U.P.S. driver. His name is Garry.

Jeanette Isabelle
“Trust me, this is not gonna end well!” — Pleakley, Lilo & Stitch

#295622 - 04/05/20 07:08 PM Re: How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces? [Re: Doug_Ritter]
Ren Offline

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#295629 - 04/06/20 12:49 AM Re: How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces? [Re: Doug_Ritter]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2108
Loc: NE Wisconsin
I captured a pic of that info off of a Fox News graphic, so it sits on my cell phone as reference ongoing.

In our effort to stop nasties at our door after we pickup packages and mail we deposit them just inside the doorway, write the letter of the day of the week (M, T, W, R, ...) on the front with a Sharpie, and wash hands immediately.

Based upon the study Doug references, letters, cardboard boxes, ... sit for 24 hours before opening.

There is some concern about plastic stuff inside the boxes, but so far we've not addressed that. Probably should. With small stuff Clorox wipes are probably the easiest, but we've been trying to conserve use since who knows how long before we'll be able to get more.

Plastic envelopes either sit for 3 days, or gets Lysoled before opening. We tend to prefer the 3 days so whatever is inside also waits ... plus the flowery Lysol smell drives me crazy.

I'll admit that we don't do much to clean up groceries when they come in the door besides washing hands. Most of it sits on shelves or in the fridge for a few days before we use it anyway, plus we assume it sat on a shelf at the store for a little while - possibly less than 24 hours though. We've not heard/seen if the store is using extra sanitation measures. It's a VERY small family owned store.

On a VERY side and sad note, today I read about two smallish studies (n=100 & 18) that show that about 2/3's of COVID-19 patients who get put on a ventilator do not come off alive (don't survive). That sucks.

With me being 60 and my wife a young 63, we're taking this very seriously and doing our best to avoid the virus until a vaccine is available.

#295651 - 04/06/20 07:19 PM Re: How long does the coronavirus live on surfaces? [Re: KenK]
Chisel Offline

Registered: 12/05/05
Posts: 1266
65 years old with daibetes, cholstrol, and prostate problem, not to mention joint problems ..etc.

I spary everything with Dettol , and leave in the sun for a few hours, or till next day , depending on its nature (food, non food ..etc.) before getting it in the house. In the kitchen we may also wash the wrapper with water in the sink

Around the house, I keep spraying doors and floors , car doors ..etc. with Dettol, and a few hours another round spraying with diluted Clorox

Thought of ordering a UV gadget for sanitizing stuff like car keys, money ...etc. but left the idea for several reasons


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