CDC: Coronavirus ‘Does Not Spread Easily’ on Surfaces

By Anna Breuer on 20 May 2020
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Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Covid-19 may not spread as easily on surfaces as originally thought.

In updated guidance, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that the virus “is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person-to-person,” and it “does not spread easily” on surfaces such as countertops and handrails.

The coronavirus, the CDC said, is believed to spread mainly from person to person.  This would include between two or more people who are in close contact with one another, approximately six feet (1.83 meters) and through aerosols produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

The aerosols can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or can be inhaled into the lungs.

“The virus does not spread easily in other ways,” the CDC underscored, adding that Covid-19 “is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads.”

Nonetheless, it still may be possible for people to get infected by the coronavirus by touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

The CDC emphasized that the best way to prevent contagion is via social distancing, hand washing, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces.

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