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The coronavirus can persist for days on surfaces, but you’re more likely to become infected from another person

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As the global cases of covid-19 continue to soar and people with symptoms are expected to be isolated from others, it’s no surprise a growing number of us flinch when we hear someone cough, even if they are standing two metres away.

Research conducted on the new coronavirus and others similar to it, such as SARS, suggest the virus can spread through particles in the air, and via contaminated surfaces. But how does this happen? How …



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