This scanning electron microscope image shows the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, in yellow and isolated from a U.S. patient, emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab. Credit: NIAID-RML

How Long Coronavirus Survives on Hard and Soft Surfaces

It just sits there for hours, even days, waiting for a new host to pick it up

Transmission electron micrograph of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, isolated from a patient. Image captured and color-enhanced at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

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