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

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

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