COVID-19 survives on phones, money for 28 days in lab setting: Study

  • Research from Australia’s national science agency suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive on smooth surfaces for 28 days at room temperature.
  • The study tested the virus on glass mobile phone screens, plastic and paper banknotes, and stainless steel.
  • Researchers kept these surfaces in the dark during the study. UV light has been shown to kill COVID-19.
  • Previous studies have suggested the virus lingers on these surfaces for seven days or less.
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The COVID-19 virus can survive on phone screens for 28 days under laboratory conditions, longer than previously thought, new research from the Australian government’s science agency has found. 

Researchers tested the virus on smooth surfaces such as glass phone screens and paper banknotes. They kept them in the dark at room temperature, around 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit).

They found the virus could survive for just under a month in

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Gaming PC Market Setting up Nicely for this ETF

Investing in gaming and esports is undoubtedly teeming with potential, but investors should consider diverse approaches to these high growth arenas. The VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (NASDAQ: ESPO) belongs on that list.

ESPO seeks to track the performance of the MVIS Global Video Gaming and eSports Index (MVESPO). The index is a rules-based, modified capitalization-weighted, float-adjusted index intended to give investors a means of tracking the overall performance of companies involved in video gaming and eSports.

Traditionally, the gaming investment thesis has revolved around hardware (consoles) and software, or game franchises and titles, but the industry is rapidly evolving and many of the most popular titles and the games played at esports tournaments are PC games, underscoring opportunities with investments tied to the hardware side of computer gaming.

“n 2015, the global gaming PC market hit $24.6bn in revenue, revealed the Jon Peddie Research data. High-end PC

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