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Coronavirus can Survive on Mobile Screens and Bank Notes Up to 28 Days; New Studies

Corrections to the arguments that the SARS-Cov-2 can survive for two to three days on bank notes and glass, and up to six days on plastic and stainless steel have now done by the experts from Australia's national science agency's new studies. The agency claims that the virus can survive for far longer on surfaces than previously thought, that at least28 days on smooth surfaces.

 Earlier studies had found that coronavirus could be transmitted through air and sewage and also it can possibly transmitted through metal and plastic surfaces too.

However, the latest research from Australian agency CSIRO found the virus was "extremely robust," surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on mobile phone screens and both plastic and paper banknotes. They claim the influenza virus, in comparison, can survive in the same circumstances for 17 days.

The study, published in Virology Journal, found the virus survived for less time at hotter temperatures; it stopped being infectious within 24 hours at 40C on some surfaces.

It also stayed longer on smooth, non-porous surfaces than on porous materials such as cloth, which was found not to carry any infectious virus past 14 days.

The study confirms the cause of Covid proliferation in meat processing and cold storage units. Covid has affected thousands of workers in meat processing factories around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) says there is no evidence that Covid is transmitted through food or food packages, but the study says precautions are needed.

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