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Researchers in Australia are now saying the novel coronavirus can survive for nearly a month on some surfaces – including smartphones.

Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, published a new study in the Virology Journal with updated information.

It mainly reinforces the importance of handwashing and disinfecting to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The virus remains infectious for up to 28 days on smooth surfaces like glass, stainless steel, or plastic – which includes smartphone screens and credit cards.

By comparison, the Influenza A virus survives only 17 days.