While we’re all being extra careful when it comes to washing our hands, it’s important not to forget about cleaning those regularly-touched surfaces and items. If you’ve been wondering, “How long can COVID-19 live on surfaces?” Health Canada has some answers. In fact, early evidence suggests it can be up to several days!\nFor a number of weeks, Canadians have been practicing 20-second hand washing, social distancing and staying at home, and most of us are getting pretty good at it!\nHowever, Health Canada has sent out a little reminder about remembering to clean other things too, especially things that we touch daily or even more regularly.\nAlthough this is important in public spaces such as apartment lobbies, public bathrooms, workplaces and in transit, it's just as essential to keep your home as germ-free as possible.\nAccording to the health agency, frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, cabinet handles, tables, countertops and electronics should be cleaned regularly, just to be on the safe side.\nWhile their notice acknowledges that the exact time the novel coronavirus lives on objects and surfaces is not officially known, “early evidence” suggests that it could be from several hours up to several days.\nThankfully, Health Canada has provided a number of tips and tricks to get these things super clean, and their advice is pretty straightforward.\nAfter all, it’s no good having clean hands if your phone, wallet and favourite mug are all covered in germs!\nIt isn’t yet known how long the virus causing #COVID19 lives on surfaces, however, early evidence suggests it can live on objects and surfaces from a few hours to days. Make sure you’re cleaning often:https://t.co/RroYwKlMOP#flattenthecurve pic.twitter.com/fPeZ2GtP7y— Health Canada and PHAC (@GovCanHealth) April 6, 2020\nThe best way to clean and disinfect both at once is to use premixed, store-bought disinfectant cleaning solutions and/or wipes, explains the health agency.\nThis is because disinfecting products “kill germs on surfaces using chemicals,” rather than just cleaning them. It adds that although cleaning alone does prevent the spread of germs, it won’t kill them altogether.\nAdditionally, it only recommends using a disinfectant product that has an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN). This is a code given by the government which certifies it as an approved product in Canada.\nIf you want to be extra careful, Health Canada suggests using a damp cloth to do all cleaning, rather than a duster. This is to prevent virus droplets from distributing into the air.\nAs many of us head into another week of working from home, let’s keep listening to experts like Dr. Tam. If you don’t absolutely have to go out, stay home. It’ll keep you, your loved ones, and front line workers safe. pic.twitter.com/dL8U58vjM9— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 30, 2020\nLast week, Canada's top doctor spoke out about the use of masks as protection against COVID-19.\nWhile she confirmed that they're definitely useful in some cases, Dr. Tam stressed the importance of wearing the mask properly in order to prevent making matters worse.\nAs of Monday morning, there are 15,822 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada; 7,944 of these cases are located in the province of Quebec.