But the WHO also noted that studies about the ability of the coronavirus to survive should be viewed with some scepticism, since such studies are conducted in laboratories with little bearing on real world conditions.
In the mentioned study, the virus survived on stainless steel and plastic for four days, on glass for two and on fabric and wood for one.
Another study showed it surviving for four hours on copper, 24 hours on cardboard and 72 hours on plastic and stainless steel.
Although there have been no cases to date of people catching the virus from a surface, such transmission can’t be ruled out given the behaviour of other known coronaviruses.
That’s why it’s important to disinfect surfaces of objects like sinks, toilets, electronic devices and handholds, the WHO says.