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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - can persist for a few hours to days outside the body.
FLU VIRUSES – Flu viruses are very common and can easily attach to towels.
INTESTINAL VIRUSES- This group of viruses such as Rota virus can survive up to 2 months outside the body on hard and soft surfaces.
BACTERIA - Both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria can survive from days to months on dry surfaces. MRSA and VRE are the most dreaded form of germs that can cause serious illness.
FUNGI – Certain fungal spores are capable of surviving for months (6 months) outside the body and are especially fond of bathroom towels and face cloths.
PARASITES- Certain parasitic species can stay dormant on soft surfaces for months.