Up to 24 hours on dry non – porous surfaces.
Up to 72 hours in select moist situations. (Per Dr. Charles Gerba – Link )
This came up in the technical sessions of our franchisee meeting this week.
What is kind of interesting is we’ve done a number of top to bottom decontaminations of day care centers and educational institutions with flu epidemics – at considerable cost to the customer.
But if you can stay closed for 24 hours a lot of the H1N1 is gone. If you can stay closed for 72 hours it will all be gone.
While that sounds like a non – starter, if your facility closes for the weekend at 5 PM on Friday, and reopens at 8 AM Monday, that’s 63 hours – almost enough for a complete die off.
If you shut down at noon on Friday, it’s almost 72 hours.
And if most of your people have the flu, might as well ?
Cool huh ?
Until the first person sneezes on Monday and recontaminates the place ?
Which is why staying home if you have H1N1 is the best thing you can do for you employer.
(Never thought I’d hear myself saying that.)