Research on this new coronavirus is still ongoing, so no clear answer is known. This virus seems to behave like other coronaviruses, and previous studies suggest the virus may live on surfaces anywhere from a few hours to a few days. This may also vary depending on the type of surface and environmental conditions. The safest practice is to disinfect commonly touched surfaces or areas your suspect could be contaminated. While in public, avoid touching surfaces, clean hands with alcohol based sanitizer or wash with soap and water often and avoid touching for face, mouth, nose or eyes.