From the mobile phones which keep us busy all day long to stainless steel items and bank currency notes we casually put in our wallets, nothing appears to be safe at the moment going by what researchers at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) have concluded.
Highlighting the risk of getting infected by the virus from paper currency, touchscreen devices and grab handles and rails, researchers have found that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, can survive for up to 28 days on common surfaces including banknotes, glass – such as that found on mobile phone screens – and stainless steel.
Which means, even without us realising, the dreaded virus makes itself at home in all items which are used in our day to day living.
With the onset of festive season and social mingling increasing manifold, the risk of transmission of the virus only increases further. While the hunt for the vaccine continues, the onus is on us to ensure we do not lower or guard at any point, keep our surrounding properly disinfected and sanitized, maintain social distancing and most importantly wear masks whenever we step out.
The fact that winters may be not very far away may not be a matter of solace going by the fact that the virus seems to have survived for longer periods in lower temperatures.
So, the bottom line is, with new dimensions about the virus coming to the fore, it is up to us whether we want to throw caution to the wind or better be safe than sorry.
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