The American Academy for the Advancement of Science, “That depends. According to medRxiv, the virus vi·rus | \ ˈvī-rəs : a disease-causing agent that is too tiny to be seen by the ordinary microscope, that may be a living organism or may be a very special kind of protein molecule, and that can only multiply when inside the cell of an organism persists in the air for up to 3 hours and for 2 to 3 days on stainless steel and plastic surfaces. In research published in the Journal of Hospital infection in·fec·tion | \ in-ˈfek-shən a : the state produced by the establishment of one or more pathogenic agents (such as a bacteria, protozoans, or viruses) in or on the body of a suitable host b : a disease resulting from infection, researchers found that a related coronavirus co·ro·na·vi·rus : any of a family (Coronaviridae) of single-stranded RNA viruses that have a lipid envelope studded with club-shaped projections, infect birds and many mammals including humans, and include the causative agents of MERS, SARS, and COVID-19 that causes SARS särz : a severe respiratory illness that is caused by a coronavirus (species Severe acute respiratory syndrome-related virus of the genus Betacoronavirus), is transmitted especially by contact with infectious material (such as respiratory droplets or body fluids), and is characterized by fever, headache, body aches, a dry cough, hypoxia, and usually pneumonia — called also severe acute respiratory syndrome can persist up to 9 days on nonporous surfaces such as stainless steel or plastic. And according to reports including one published yesterday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, SARS-CoV-2 ˈsärz-kō-ˈvē-ˈtü : the coronavirus (Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 of the genus Betacoronavirus) that is the causative agent of COVID-19 has been detected in feces, suggesting the virus could be spread by people who don’t properly wash their hands after using the bathroom. But thus far, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no indication that it spreads through drinking water, swimming pools, or hot tubs.