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How long can the new coronavirus last on surfaces? This tool will tell you
June 24, 2020

A woman in blue t shirt and floral mask cleans the top of a table
An employee at a Pennsylvania restaurant cleans a table on June 4. (© Keith Srakocic/AP Images)

A new online tool can estimate how long the virus that causes COVID-19 will survive on surfaces.

The tool uses temperature and relative humidity to calculate the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security designed the tool to help officials and business owners, in consultation with health professionals, make decisions on reopening facilities.

Try it here