How long does the COVID-19 “stay” on surfaces, books, etc?

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Transmission of COVID-19 occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through objects and surfaces. There are many factors that determine how long a virus can live on a surface outside the body.  Current evidence suggest that COVID-19 may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces, depending on the surface material and ambient conditions.  Cleaning and disinfecting dirty surfaces is a best practice for prevention.  

CDC Guidance on Cleaning & Disinfecting Surfaces