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Hi I’m Sunanda Creagh, I’m the Digital Storytelling Editor at The Conversation and I am here today with two of Australia’s leading researchers on viruses and vaccines. professor Michael Wallach is researcher in viruses and vaccines at the University of Technology Sydney and he’s here with Dr Lisa Sedger, an academic virologist also from UTS. Thanks very much for joining me. Today we’re asking these researchers to answer questions about coronavirus and COVID-19 from you guys, our readers and our audience. We’re going to start with Dr Sedger. Adam would like to know how long can this virus survive in various temperatures on a surface? Say a door handle or a counter at a public place. Oh well that’s an interesting question because we hear a variety of answers. Some people say that these types of enveloped viruses can exist for two to three days but it really depends on the amount of moisture and humidity and what happens on that surface afterwards, whether it’s wiped off or something, so potentially for longer than that, potentially up to a week, but with cleanings and disinfectants etc.