According to a new research, the Coronavirus can actually survive on surfaces including mobile phone screens, banknotes and stainless steel for a period of one month.
Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, discovered that the Covid virus can actually survive for up to 28 days on surfaces.
The research, undertaken 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 cotton.
Recent studies have shown that the virus is able to remain infectious in airborne particles for greater than three hours.
Over the course of a month, the virus was analysed and re-isolated to determine its survivability rate.
Further experiments were carried out at 30 and 40 degrees Celsius, with survival times decreasing as the temperature increased.
The study was also carried out in the dark, to remove the effect of UV light as research has demonstrated direct sunlight can rapidly inactivate the virus.
These findings show that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, can remain infectious for significantly longer time periods than generally considered possible.