How long does the coronavirus live on a surface?

NORFOLK, Va. - With the spread of coronavirus, people now seem to be second-guessing the surfaces they touch.

There are conflicting ideas about how long a virus can live, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it can be viable for hours to days.

Early research by scientists at the National Institutes of Health suggests the virus could be "detected in aerosols up to three hours post aerosolization, up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel."