Health Canada Says COVID-19 Can Live On Surfaces For 'Up To Days'
They're sharing information about how to clean these areas.
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!
For a number of weeks, Canadians have been practicing 20-second hand washing,and staying at home, and most of us are getting pretty good at it!
However,has sent out a little reminder about remembering to clean other things too, especially things that we touch daily or even more regularly.
Although 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.
According 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.
While 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.
Thankfully, Health Canada has provided a number of tips and tricks to get these things super clean, and their advice is pretty straightforward.
After all, it’s no good having clean hands if your phone, wallet and favourite mug are all covered in germs!
The 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.
This 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.
Additionally, 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.
If 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.
Last week, Canada's top doctor spoke out about theas protection against COVID-19.
While 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.
As 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.