Researchers have shown that the COVID-19 virus can remain infectious for up to 28 days on surfaces that people come into almost constant contact with.
These surfaces include phone screens, banknotes, and stainless steel.
The findings, which come from Australia’s national science agency, suggest SARS-CoV-2 could easily be spread by poor hygiene and sanitation practices.
What are the findings of the study?
Previous studies have suggested that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can survive for 2-3 days on banknotes and glass and up to 6 days on plastic and stainless steel.
However, this new study shows that it’s more important than ever to keep your surfaces disinfected and hygienic, as Coronaviruses can live for longer than previously thought. This is particularly true for businesses such as pubs, restaurants, and hotels, as well as hospitals and medical organisations.
In fact, viruses and bacteria are likely to be lurking in:
- Commercial and residential air conditioning units
- Commercial and residential heaters
- Ice machines
- Home offices
- Hotel rooms
- Car interiors
Since Coronaviruses can easily live on banknotes and hard surfaces, businesses and customers are at risk from coming into contact with contaminated material.
Coronaviruses have also been shown to live for longer at cooler temperatures (below 40C), which means that fridges, ice machines, and ventilation systems could also be at risk.
What can you do about it?
These results show the importance of keeping hard surfaces clean and sanitised. We’ve been encouraged to keep our hands clean, but that measure alone is not enough to contain the spread of Coronaviruses.
The good news is that we already know that UV light can quickly and efficiently kill viruses and fungus on hard surfaces.
Implementing robust, chemical free sanitation for all of your hard surfaces is the best way to protect you, your staff, and your customers from the viruses, bacteria, and mould.
Our technology also reduces the cleaning you would need to carry out, is completely automated and chemical-free, and can even increase the lifetime operation of your ice machines, cooling equipment, and air conditioning systems.