The virus which causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces such as banknotes and cellular phones for up to 28 days, a period more than previously believed.
That is based on a study conducted by researchers in Australia’s federal science agency who stated the finding reinforced the demand for disinfecting surfaces and washing hands.
The researchers stated that at 20 degrees Celsius, that is approximately room temperature, the virus, SARS-CoV-2, was especially”strong,” surviving on glass surfaces like a telephone screen and vinyl banknotes.
The analysis was completed from the dark as the study has revealed that UV light can destroy the virus. The coronavirus also lived for fewer times at higher temperatures, like 30 or 40 degrees Celsius.
It had been less powerful on porous surfaces like cotton.
“Placing how long the virus stays viable on surfaces enables us to accurately forecast and enhance its spread, and also do a much better job of protecting our people,” said Australia’s federal science agency’s chief executive, Dr. Larry Marshall.
Early advice published in April in the World Health Organisation (WHO) had stated the virus may survive for 72 hours of plastic and steel and 24 hours.
Experts say, however, that individuals are more likely to contract the coronavirus from somebody else instead of by a surface.
Only last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that coronavirus can linger in the air for hours and then infect individuals over two meters away from someone else.
It arrived after scientists published in an open letter published in Science Magazine that”there’s overwhelming evidence that inhalation of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus two (SARS-CoV-2) signifies a significant transmission path for coronavirus disorder 2019 (COVID-19).”