After Testing, Covid Virus Is Able To Survive 28 Days

 A group of researchers found that the SARS-Cov-2 virus found in Covid-19 can continue to spread on surfaces such as banknotes, phone screens and stainless steel for 28 days.

Previously, laboratory tests found that SARS-Cov-2 can last for two to three days on banknotes and glasses as well as more than six days on plastic and stainless steel although the results vary.

However, a recent study conducted by the Australian agency, CSIRO found that the virus can survive for 28 days on a smooth surface when at a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and in the dark.

The study also showed that SARS-Cov-2 persists for a short period of time when exposed to hot temperatures and it will stop spreading within 24 hours at a temperature of 40 degrees Celsius on some surfaces.

However, researchers say UV light can be used to kill the virus.

However, the study invited criticism from former director of the Common Cold Center at Cardiff University, Prof Ron Eccles. According to him, the study caused concern among the community.

"Viruses are transmitted to the surface from mucus during coughing and sneezing and dirty fingers and this study does not use fresh human mucus as a driver to spread the virus.

"Fresh mucus is an enemy to the virus because it contains many white cells that produce enzymes to eliminate the virus and can contain antibodies and other chemicals to neutralize the virus. In my opinion, this contagious virus can only survive in the mucus on the surface for a few hours, ”he said.