People are constantly told to wash their hands to prevent contracting the potentially deadly Covid-19. But do remember that wiping down contaminated surfaces is just as important as the virus can sometimes last for days on certain material and infect you when you come into contact with them again.
Here are examples of a few surfaces and how long the virus can last on them.
1. Plastic, paper and glass: Four to five days
The virus that causes Covid-19 can last on plastic medical equipment or plastic packaging for up to five days after initial contamination. This means that drinking bottles, containers of any kind, and contact lens cases to name a few require frequent disinfecting.
In addition to plastics, the virus is also able to survive four to five days on the surface of paper and glass. As such, advise your elders to wash their hands after reading the newspapers. Whenever possible, make cashless payments to reduce contact with paper money.
Your mobile phone is also a great place for viruses to hang out for days on end. So if you are one of those who has their phones constantly in their hands, disinfect the surface as often as possible as this is an easy target for viruses.
2. Aluminium and surgical gloves: Eight hours
The virus can last on aluminium surfaces for two to eight hours so wash your hands thoroughly before and after you prepare a meal.
This is because aluminium can be found in food-related products including pots and pans, beverage cans and other storage containers.
According to a UK doctor, surgical gloves can collect germs or bacteria on their surface up to eight hours.
Moreover, while surgical gloves are able to protect your hands from coming into direct contact with public equipment, bacteria or germs may linger on the gloves for a relatively long time if the gloves are not washed as well or binned.
Wearing gloves can also lead to an increased risk of catching the virus when you touch your food or face while wearing them.
3. Steel: Up to 48 hours
A wide number of products are made of steel, including surgical tools, kitchen appliances and utensils.
So, cooking at home is highly recommended during the Movement Control Order.