Studies show that the influenza virus can live on a surface and is able to infect a person anywhere from two to eight hours after landing on a surface. The following will aid in the decrease of influenza virus’ left on surfaces:

According to the CDC,

“Influenza virus is destroyed by heat (167-212℉). In addition, several chemical germicides, including chlorine, hydrogen peroxide, detergents (soap), iodophors (iodine-based antiseptics), and alcohols are effective against human influenza viruses if used in proper concentration for a sufficient length of time. For example, wipes or gels with alcohol in them can be used to clean hands. The gels should be rubbed into hands until they are dry.”