Study – Coronavirus Can Live On Cell Phone, Money, And Stainless Steel For 28 Days
My worst fear is coming true. Last week a man asked me to take a picture of him and his kids. I did not think much of it, until he handed me his cell phone. Ugh. As soon as I had it in my hand, I thought to myself that I probably should not be doing this. Think of how close a person holds a cell phone to their face and mouth. Ugh.
I took the pic quick, and immediately sanitized my hands. I was still so freaked out about it yesterday, I even mentioned it to Tony LaBrie. It is no secret that I over think everything - but this time it may be for good reason.
According to a study by Australia’s national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), showed that, in controlled conditions, the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus tended to survive longer at lower temperatures on nonporous or smooth surfaces such as glass, stainless steel and vinyl, compared with porous complex surfaces such as cotton.
Dr. Dr. Debbie Eagles, deputy director of Director of Australian Center for Disease Preparedness, which led the research - puts the findings in laments terms,
'At 20 degrees Celsius, which is about room temperature, we found that the virus was extremely robust, surviving for 28 days on smooth surfaces such as glass found on mobile phone screens and plastic bank notes (money).'
I don't know about you, but for a while now I not been wearing plastic gloves to the grocery store, to pump gas, or use an ATM machine. I always use sanitizer afterward, but now I think I may be going back to gloves too.