CORONOVIRUS can survive for a month on surfaces including banknotes, mobile phone screens, and stainless steel according to a new study from Australia’s national science agency.
The research carried out at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong, Victoria, found the virus survived better at colder temperatures.
It also found that the virus survived longer on smooth surfaces such as glass and stainless steel compared to surfaces like wood or cotton.
Further experiments have been carried out at 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, with survival times decreasing as the temperature increased, research has shown direct sunlight can rapidly inactivate the virus.
These findings show that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Coronavirus can survive, and remain infectious for significantly longer time periods than generally considered possible.
Dr. Debbie Eagles, Deputy Director of ACDP, has been working on testing a potential vaccine for the virus.
She said that the need for ‘good practices such as handwashing’ was reinforced now the virus can remain infectious.
She said: ‘At 20 degrees Celsius, which is about room temperature, we found that the virus was extremely robust, Coronavirus can survive for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on mobile phone screens and plastic banknotes.