Emerging results from the United States in a letter to the Editor of the the New England Journal of Medicine, published 17 March 2020
by Neeltje van Doremalen et al.
Comparison of COVID-19 and SARS surface stability. Viability of viruses were investigated through experimental study of aerosol and surface application to copper, cardboard, stainless steel, and plastic maintained at 21 to 23°C and 40% relative humidity over 7 days.
Stability of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) was similar to that of SARS-CoV-1 (SARS) under the experimental circumstances
Epidemiologic differences between COVID-19 and SARS may be related to differences in viral load, shedding and asymptomatic transmission
COVID-19 can remain viable in aerosol for hours and on surfaces up to days (depending on the inoculum shed)