Q: How long does a cold or stomach virus live outside the body on a hard surface?
The life of a virus varies greatly between different cold and flu germs. The estimated range is from seconds to 48 hours. Flu viruses tend to live longer than cold viruses. The surface also affects the life span. Germs tend to live longer on nonporous surfaces (plastic/metal) versus porous surfaces (fabric/skin).
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