The killer coronavirus rapidly spreading around the world can survive in the air for three hours, scientists have found.
Researchers, who worked with other experts, also found the deadly infection can live on surfaces for up to 3 days. Tests showed the virus can survive on copper for four hours, cardboard for an entire day and up to 72 hours on plastic and steel.
The study comes after the World Health Organization last night finally declared the escalating global outbreak as a pandemic.
Fears the virus, called SARS-CoV-2, can survive on surfaces that have existed since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, last December.
Some scientists have even suggested the virus may be more likely to spread on the hands than it is through the air through coughs, sneezes, and breathing.