With so much widespread concern about this new virus, without any specific treatment for it, and with many staying at home, it’s important to do all that we can to protect ourselves and our families within our homes.
Can the virus survive on your furniture and within your home?
Yes, it can likely survive and be active for several days on hard surfaces, but there are measures you can take to help.
According to The Journal of Hospital Infection, who has studied many other forms of coronaviruses, this new coronavirus resembles other human coronaviruses, such as its "cousins" that cause SARS and MERS, it can stay on surfaces — such as metal, glass or plastic — for as long as nine days (In comparison, flu viruses can last on surfaces for only about 48 hours.)
With the right precautions, you can better protect yourself from the surfaces around you.
While we do not yet know exactly how long the virus lasts on furniture, doorknobs, countertops, bathroom fixtures, and other surfaces in your home, the CDC recommends cleaning these frequently touched surfaces daily.
There are many readily available products that are sufficient and likely may already be in your home. Names such as Clorox, Purell, and Lysol have the necessary ingredients to do the job.
Here is an exhaustive list from the American Chemistry Council of all the known products that will work.
Can we spread the virus to our pets or contract the virus from them?
According to Harvard Medical School, there is no evidence to suggest that cats or dogs can spread the virus. There have not been any reports of pets contracting the virus, but it's recommended to those that are sick to limit exposure to their pets.
Watch this short video addressing more of your questions and concerns.