COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 28 days on mobile phones and banknotes, study suggests
Published by Mohamed El Aaboudi Date publication Monday, 12 October 2020 17:13
The virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces including mobile phones and banknotes for up to four weeks, according to new research.
Australia's national science agency CSIRO found that Sars-CoV-2 was "extremely robust" at 20C (68F), or room temperature.
The study also found that the virus survived longer at lower temperatures.
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Researchers said the virus survived longer on smooth surfaces such as glass and stainless steel compared with porous surfaces such as cotton.
They also found the virus survived longer on paper banknotes than plastic banknotes.
A previous study in The Lancet in April found that SARS-Cov-2 could not be detected on glass or banknotes after four days or seven days for stainless steel.