The time the virus survives in vitro may be surprising for a long time, depending on conditions such as humidity and temperature. The virus seems to last a long time on the water-resistant surface of stainless steel and plastic. The cold virus is indoors and can sometimes survive for several days, but the infectivity will drop dramatically over time.
Influenza viruses can survive for hours in the air, and can survive and infect for up to 24 hours on low temperatures and hard surfaces.
A gastrointestinal virus such as the Hepatitis A virus can survive for a few weeks on an environmentally sound surface.