Researchers in Australia say the novel coronavirus can survive for nearly a month on some surfaces – including smartphones.
The virus remained infectious for up to 28 days on smooth surfaces like glass, stainless steel, or plastic – which includes smartphone screens and credit cards. By comparison, the Influenza A virus survives only 17 days.
Coronavirus: COVID-19 virus can survive for up to 28 days on mobile phones and banknotes, study suggests https://t.co/pl5swUCRHr
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Scientists say it reinforces the importance of handwashing and disinfecting to stop the spread of COVID-19.
How often do you clean your smartphone? Has the pandemic permanently changed your approach to handwashing?