Coronavirus May Stay for Weeks on Banknotes

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  • Scientists at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness have found that SARS-CoV-2 can survive for up to 28 days on smooth surfaces such as mobile phone screens and plastic banknotes
  • This compares with the 17-day survival of the flu virus on smooth surfaces
  • The scientists say coronavirus can survive for that long only at room temperature or 20 degree Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit), with survival falling to less than a day at 40 degrees Celsius, according to the study, published in the journal Virology
  • These findings add evidence that the coronavirus survives for longer in cooler whether, suggesting that outbreaks could be worse in winter than summer
  • The results also reinforces the need for good hygiene practices including handwashing and regular cleaning of surfaces