Recent events has triggered an renewed interest in understanding how a virus is able to stay on a surface.
For sake of argument, let's assume we are dealing with a Corona-type virus. One can then speculate that a virus sticks to a (non organic) surface due to a London-force (a Van der Waals force) interaction between the surface and the virus
Spike S protein. But I really have no idea and it's just a wild guess.
I'm looking for research and experiments on this topic but I can't find any, most likely because I am not asking Google the right question or using the correct biology language.
How does a virus stay attached to a non-biological surface?
(Are there any "stickiness" measures for this?)
PS. When I say non-biological, I mean glass, metal and plastic.