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how long will germs stay on surfaces?

My husband has influenza a.  I'm trying to sanitize as much as I can and keep things clean.  How long to germs normally stay on surfaces?

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That depends on the germ....and the surface, but an influenza virus can remain on non-porous surfaces for 6-8 hours and still be capable of causing disease. Do the best that you can, but it may be futile to think that you can disinfect every surface of your home, but Lysol as many of them anyway.

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