It’s been recently revealed that Australian experts have discovered that the virus that causes COVID-19, Sars-CoV-2, can survive up to 28 days on surfaces such as the glass on mobile phones, vinyl, paper banknotes, and stainless steel.
According to the latest reports, the national science agency, the CSIRO, stated that the research was undertaken at the Australian Center for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong also discovered the fact that Sars-CoV-2 survived longer at lower temperatures.
It seems that the virus “survived longer on paper banknotes than on plastic banknotes and lasted longer on smooth surfaces rather than porous surfaces such as cotton.”
It’s also worth noting that the experiment has been conducted in a dark area, which negates all effects of UV light.
Peter Collignon, a professor of infectious diseases at the Australian National University, said this has the ability to reduce the life of the virus on surfaces.
The outside is safer compared to the inside
“It is a factor, and that’s why the outside is probably again safer than inside because UV light is there, and the virus can be inactivated on playgrounds and things in the sunshine,” he said.
He continued and explained that there’s massive uncertainty about how large surfaces play into the transmission of the new coronavirus.
“[The study] shows you that virus can persist … but if you ask me in the total scheme of things how important I think hands are compared to being close to people who are sick and getting it, I would say 90% of the problem and the transmission is related to being close to people who cough over you or sneeze over you or send you droplets. Probably around 10% of transmission is likely to be just hands and surfaces,” Collignon said, as quoted by the online publication The Guardian.
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