(CNN) -- You may be surprised at how long the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces.

A recent study shows the coronavirus can survive on surfaces for hours or even days.

The results published in the New England Journal of Medicine found how long the coronavirus can stay on these surfaces:

  • Air -- 3 hours
  • Copper – 4 hours
  • Cardboard –24 hours
  • Plastic – 3 days
  • Stainless steel – 3 days

The CDC continues to recommend the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.

If the surfaces are dirty, clean them first with detergent and water, then disinfect them.

The CDC recommends using diluted bleach solutions with five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or alcohol solutions with at least 70-percent alcohol --

The agency says most household cleaners like Lysol or disinfectants registered with the environmental protection agency should be effective, too.

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