SARS-CoV-2 survives for weeks on mobile phones

Coronavirus is 'extremely robust' at room temperature, CSIRO research shows

SARS-CoV-2 can survive for up to 28 days on the glass on mobile phones, stainless steel and paper banknotes, CSIRO researchers have found.

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The research, undertaken at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong in Victoria, also found that SARS-CoV-2 survived longer at lower temperatures.

The findings, published in the Virology Journal, showed the virus lasted 10 days longer than influenza on some surfaces. 

The CSIRO said in a statement the virus survived longer on paper banknotes