The study, published in 'Virology Journal,' was conducted by Australia's national science agency, CSIRO. Researchers found that in temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, Coronavirus thrived for 28 days on smooth surfaces like cell phone screen glass and plastic banknotes.
'It really reinforces the importance of washing hands and sanitizing where possible and certainly wiping down surfaces that may be in contact with the virus,' Lead study researcher Shane Riddell, via NBC News. 'In warmer temperatures of 86 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the virus did not last as long. The experiments were also conducted in the dark since UV light has been shown to kill the virus. So in the real world results would likely be shorter than what we were able to show.'