Public health officials have emphasized that the public must maintain wide distances to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but the disease can also be contracted by touching a surface where the virus is present. Neha Vyas, MD, says the virus can live for up to three days on plastic and stainless steel surfaces. As a result, properly cleaning a home has become a paramount issue. Vyas says visibly dirty surfaces should be cleaned with soapy water then disinfected, while wearing disposable gloves. A diluted household bleach solution, or an alcohol-based solution with at least 70 percent alcohol is a good cleaning option. Vyas say it is unlikely the virus can be spread through food and shipping packages. There is also no evidence that the virus can be spread through water like pools or hot tubs. | Read More