BREAKING: COVID-19 Virus Lives At Least 2x as Long on Plastic Compared to Cardboard

As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to spread, we are all grappling with its impact on our local communities and the world, and we grieve with those who have lost loved ones.  Read our statement from Plastic Pollution Coalition.

New data just published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows how long the virus lives on different surfaces. Plastic Pollution Coalition’s Scientific Advisor, Pete Myers, Founder and Chief Scientist of Environmental Health Sciences wrote: “New data reveal that the Coronavirus driving the pandemic that is gripping the world today survives twice as long on a plastic surface compared to a cardboard surface, and almost seven times longer than on a copper surface. Plastic is worse than stainless steel as well.

Another study showed COVID-19 lived on plastic for 6-9 days, the longest timeframe for any surface type.

The findings affirm the guidance from public health professionals to use precautions similar to those for influenza and other respiratory viruses to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What can you do?

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray.

  • Properly wash your reusables on a regular basis. 

Read more recommendations from the World Health Organization

Learn more about COVID-19.

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