Just one catch about the data: "the experiment was conducted in the dark".
It's also important to note that places with higher temperatures haven't experienced a lower spread of COVID-19, and with India soon expected to surpass the USA in case numbers, higher temperatures certainly aren't a pandemic get-out-of-jail-free card.
Dozens of people are becoming reinfected with COVID-19 in Israel and the United States, and doctors are now warning there may be two or more strains of the virus. The Twitter-famed doctor who has acquired quite a social media following during the pandemic believes that the virus cannot stay that much longer on surfaces.
In the end, the evidence presented itself: "At 20 °C, infectious SARS-CoV-2 virus was still detectable after 28 days post inoculation, for all non-porous surfaces tested (glass, polymer note, stainless steel, vinyl and paper notes)".
The new research is from Australia's National Science Agency, and it found the virus could survive and remain infectious on surfaces like glass, steel, and paper for up to 28 days. CDC has said that a lot is still unknown about the virus and while it can survive for a short period on some surfaces, it is unlikely to be spread from domestic or worldwide mail, products or packaging.
Citing that Coronavirus remains infectious for much longer than other flu viruses, the scientists said that a virus like the Influenza A survives on surfaces for around 17 days.
As new research claiming that Covid-19 can survive longer on bank notes - up to 28 days at 20 degree Celsius along with humidity - started doing the rounds amid the corona surge, health experts said on Monday that people should avoid being paranoid and must take proper pandemic-related precautions.
What are the disagreements about?
Professor Ron Eccles, from Cardiff University, told the BBC that the result was causing "unnecessary fear in the public".
The World Health Organization (WHO) said that the study built on previous experimental studies used to draw up its existing guidance on handwashing and disinfection of surfaces. It's possible the patient was exposed to a higher dose of virus the second time, that the version he encountered was more virulent or even that the presence of antibodies from the first infection was to blame in a twist observed with another coronavirus.
"In my opinion infectious viruses will only persist for hours in mucus on surfaces rather than days". Goldman added that studies that suggested otherwise had been designed with "little resemblance to real-life scenarios".
But surfaces slathered with pathogens are known to have been an important factor in spreading past viruses such as the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and human coronaviruses 229E and OC43, which cause the common cold.
Covid-19 spreads primarily through the air. What's less certain is the degree to which it can spread via surfaces such as banknotes and touchscreens. A study from the New England Journal of Medicine in March speculated that the virus could survive for up to 72 hours on plastic, for up to 48 hours on stainless steel and for up to 24 hours on cardboard.
At higher temperatures - at 30 and 40 degrees Celsius [86 and 104 Fahrenheit] - the survival times of the COVID virus decreased.
The deadly virus tended to survive longer on the nonporous smooth surfaces when compared to porous complex surfaces like cotton.
Alongside social distancing and wearing masks, one of the key things we have been doing to protect ourselves and others from the risks of coronavirus is to wash our hands regularly - and this research certainly supports that.
CSIRO CEO Dr. Larry Marshall, in his statement about the research in question, "Determining how long the virus actually remains alive (active) on surfaces helps us to more accurately predict and prevent the spreading capacity of the virus".