Lai, M.Y., Cheng, P.K., and Lim, W.W. (2005). Survival of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 1;41(7):e67-71.
The authors assessed the survival of SARS-CoV from stool and respiratory specimens on different environmental surfaces and found that fecal and respiratory samples can remain infectious at room temperature for long periods of time (four days and more than seven days, respectively). The effectiveness of cleaning agents was also evaluated and the authors found that common disinfectants inactivated the virus.