The novel coronavirus disease is the ongoing pandemic that is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2. The disease continues to create havoc globally and has created fears in the mind of individuals regarding its spread and transmission. Transmission among humans occur through close contact with an infected individual who may produce respiratory droplets while coughing and sneezing which can remain in air and/or settle on inanimate objects. Therefore, knowledge about the persistence of the virus on various surfaces helps in alleviating irrational fears and also aids in controlling the spread of infection. In this review, an effort was made to compile the data on the persistence of the human coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-1, Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), and SARS-Cov-2 on various surfaces and the biocidal agents that are effective against them.
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