The Research done by the Australian National Science Agency has revealed that the coronavirus can stay up to 28 days on the surface of every object we use.
The virus can exist for up to 28 days on currency notes, glasses, smartphone screens, and stainless steel items. The research reinforcing the need for good practices such as regular hand-washing and cleaning surfaces to help combat the disease.
The researchers say the SARS-COV-2 virus was “very strong” at 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) and was contagious for 28 days on soft surfaces such as plastic notes and glass found on mobile phone screens. The study was published in the Virology journal.
It stays longer on soft, non-porous surfaces than porous materials such as cloth, which has been found to contain no infectious virus in the last 14 days.
According to CSIRO, the virus appears to be spread primarily through the air, but more research is needed to further understand how the virus can spread through surfaces.
The main message from this research remains that “infectious people are far, far more infectious than surfaces”.