Scientists Say Coronavirus Can Survive For 28 Days On Smartphone Screens

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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.

Scientists say it reinforces the importance of hadwashing and disinfecting to stop the spread of COVID-19.