• margaret margaret
    November 26, 2009
    How long does a cold or stomach virus live outside the body on a hard surface?
    margaret margaret
    November 26, 2009


  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    November 27, 2009
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    November 26, 2009

    Hi Margaret,


    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).


    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

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