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Thread: How long does Covid-19 live on surfaces ?

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    Default How long does Covid-19 live on surfaces ?

    I have a good customer who wants to borrow a large pair of Harbeths and stands to try at home. He won't be buying them because he wants a different finish and different height stands, so I will have them returned in a couple of days.

    I'm pretty sure he hasn't got anything as he is in lockdown but just in case - how long does the virus live for on wood and steel ?

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    probably not that long but spray some dettol surface cleaner on a sponge and rub them down. that will kill anything in a min or so.. its what i use.

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    It is correct that a disinfectant or dilute bleach solution will kill viruses. However, that may not be suitable for fabric or non-hard surfaces. Ultra violet light will kill viruses to so it may be worth investing in a germicidal UV lamp. Be sure to follow the safety guidelines regarding use though! These devices are not for killing the virus on human tissue!!!

    These devices are very effective in cleaning mobile phones, tablets, mice, keyboards etc.
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    Interesting one here about mouthwash: https://www.aol.co.uk/news/2020/05/1.../?ncid=webmail

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    You can't kill Covid virus on surfaces, because it isn't alive in the first place. However, removing the fat around each Covid cell deactivates it. Curious, huh?

    Hand santiser does it as will other appropriate cleaning agents.

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    Thanks Ian (Signifer) for the phone call and all of you for the advice. I will leave the goods outside for a while and then wipe down as we do with the shopping.

    Marco - Kentucky Fried recipe, yes please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User211 View Post
    You can't kill Covid virus on surfaces, because it isn't alive in the first place. However, removing the fat around each Covid cell deactivates it. Curious, huh?

    Hand santiser does it as will other appropriate cleaning agents.
    This is true. Viruses are not living things so measures to reduce their impact aim at stopping them from replicating not "killing" them, though that term is often used as a simple messaging aid. Many agents will stop viruses from reproducing themselves including ordinary hand soap!

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    OK, seen the fried chicken pics and it looks great. Just waiting for the recipe..

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    If you're quick this might work

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