A suggests the novel coronavirus can survive on bank notes, phone screens and glass for close to a month — a wakeup call for anyone who isn’t taking precaution with those devices.
Researchers from the Australian science agency CSIRO recently conducted a study — which was published in — on how long the coronavirus can survive on different surfaces, according to the
- Scientists conducted experiments at different temperatures — like 68, 84 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit — to find how long the virus survived under different climates.
- The study found the virus can last for 28 days on a phone. That said, the study was conducted in the dark, where as previous studies showed that UV light can kill the virus.
- The study said the virus can survive longer on nonporous smooth surfaces longer than on porous surfaces (like cloth). For example, the virus can stop being infectious after 14 days on cloth, according to
However, the virus seemed to stop being infectious within 24 hours when it was placed on 104 degree temperatures, reports.
Why it matters:
The suggests the results should be considered when determining ways to stop
- The said: “These findings demonstrate SARS-CoV-2 can remain infectious for significantly longer time periods than generally considered possible. These results could be used to inform improved risk mitigation procedures to prevent the fomite spread of COVID-19.”