How long do microbes like bacteria and viruses live on surfaces in the home at normal room temperatures?
Art Dekenipp Alvin, Texas
The answer is probably not what you want to hear: Microbes can live on household surfaces for hundreds of years. The good news, however, is that most don't. Some well-known viruses, like HIV, live only a few seconds.
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