- A study revealed the number of hours that the coronavirus can live on a smartphone
- Health experts noted that smartphones' surfaces are mostly glass
- They said that the coronavirus can live on smartphones for up to four days
- As a precaution, it would be best to disinfect phones whenever they are exposed
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A new study revealed that smartphones are among the things that can become a haven for coronavirus. Being one of the most used items at home or at work, it can easily be contaminated.
Now, experts weighed in on the number of hours that the virus stays on smartphones. This will help keep you on guard against the deadly virus.
As per the World Health Organization's study, the SARS-CoV, the first discovered in 2003 remained stable on a glass surface for up to 96 hours or four days. This means that it lasts more on glass than on plastic, considering that the virus can reportedly live on plastic for three days.
KAMI learned from The Ladders that immunologist Rudra Channappanavar, who studied the family of coronaviruses at the Health Science Center of the University of Tennessee, stated that these deadly viruses can live on surfaces for several days. As for smartphone screens, it can live for up to 96 hours.
As per Gadgets, the virus can live on copper for just four hours. However, on cardboard, it can last there for up to eight hours.
It is recommended that the phone must be disinfected after going out in public. Putting the smartphone under quarantine would also help, however, since it is frequently used, disinfecting it afterward may be the best recourse as the virus can spread from the phone to other surfaces.
In a previous report by KAMI, doctors have died after being infected by COVID-19. They are among the frontliners who attend to the patients rushing to hospitals amid pandemic.
The coronavirus outbreak started out in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. Scientists believed that the virus came from an animal at one of Wuhan's wet markets. At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an enhanced community quarantine.
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