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The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed, which means to stay home as much as possible. If you must go out, be sure to practice social distancing, leaving 6 feet between you and any person you come in contact with.

Other ways to help prevent the spread of this illness include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds,
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze,
  • Use a face-covering or mask when you go out,
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily,
  • Call your doctor if you think you’re experiencing symptoms.



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How long COVID-19 coronavirus can last on surfaces (from

A recent study found that the COVID-19 coronavirus can survive

  • up to four hours on copper,
  • up to 24 hours on cardboard,
  • up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.
  • The researchers also found that this virus can hang out as droplets in the air for up to three hours before they fall. But most often they will fall more quickly.

There’s a lot we still don’t know, such as how different conditions, such as exposure to sunlight, heat, or cold, can affect these survival times.

As we learn more, continue to follow the CDC’s recommendations for cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects every day. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

If surfaces are dirty, first clean them using a detergent and water, then disinfect them. A list of products suitable for use against COVID-19 is available here. This list has been pre-approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In addition, wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water after bringing in packages, or after trips to the grocery store or other places where you may have come into contact with infected surfaces.



Links to useful Health & Safety Resources:

CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

WHO (World Health Organization)

New York State Department of Health

New York City Department of Health



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