Living in both a pandemic and the modern world, the two unexpected combination has brought a new issue for the world.
Though COVID-19 is easily transmissible through fluids, such as coughs and sneezes, research shows that common everyday objects are an easy way to transmit the contagious disease. Common objects such as smartphones and banknotes are the most risky objects as they are most used and interchanged between multiple people.
For phones, they prove a risk as the constant physical contact between a person’s hand and face leads to direct contamination. Research shows that people’s phones touch many unknown surfaces, often those that are infested with germs, now possibly COVID-19. For other basic items such as banknotes, at any economic location dealing with money, the risks increase exponentially as the objects become a source of endless interaction. With so, scientists discovered that at room temperature (20 Celsius), COVID-19 survived for 28 days on a mobile phone screen.
Scientists also mentioned how other viruses were similarly able to survive on hard surfaces. The U.S. Sun reported that “further tests were carried out at 30C and 40C respectively, with survival times decreasing as the temperature of the room increased”. Additionally, carrying out such experiments in the dark concluded that sunlight had the potential to kill the virus.
With this new found information, scientists are urging everyone to wipe down common everyday objects, like the smartphone, and add this to their new daily routine of life in a pandemic.