Keep cleaning surfaces, but coronavirus mainly spreads person-to-person — CDC

Grant Boone
May 22, 2020

Many people have been anxious about catching COVID-19 through touching contaminated surfaces; now they can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the its updated guidelines has said that the virus does not spread easily in this way.

"Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus", according to the CDC.

The new language appears on the CDC's website under a heading of "surfaces and objects" indicating ways in which the virus is not readily transmitted.

What they're saying: "Improvements were made to the COVID-19 transmission page including adding a headline to clarify other types of spread beyond person to person, as a result of usability improvements", CDC spokesperson Benjamin Haynes told Axios, noting the CDC's "transmission language has not changed". And, a study recently found the virus can remain in the air for 3 hours.

However, surface-to-person transmission is not thought to be the "main way the virus spreads". Dr. Manny Alvarez, a Fox News contributor and chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, shares advice on extra precautions you can take if you're pregnant during the COVID-19 outbreak. Only a small number of pets such as cats and dogs worldwide have tested positive for the virus. Person-to-person contact is a highway.

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The spread is believed to occur mainly "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes", the site says. These droplets could land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet).

The CDC continues to warn that Covid-19 spreads "very easily" from person to person.

Wash your hands often with soap and water.

Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

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