How long can rhinoviruses survive on skin and inanimate surfaces?

Updated: Sep 11, 2020
  • Author: Anne Meneghetti, MD; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Rhinoviruses can survive for as long as 3 hours on skin and fomites, such as telephones, door handles, and stair railings. Regular cleaning of environmental surfaces with a disinfectant may reduce the spread of infection; however, optimal cleaning approaches have not been established.


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