Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Coronavirus does not spread easily on surfaces

Posted: Friday, May 29, 2020

The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface. That is the takeaway from the CDC, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website.

The CDC made another key change to its website, clarifying what sources are not major risks. Under the new heading “The virus does not spread easily in other ways,” the agency explains that touching contaminated objects or surfaces does not appear to be a significant mode of transmission. The same is true for exposure to infected animals.

“Direct contact with people has the highest likelihood of getting infected – being close to an infected person, rather than accepting a newspaper or a FedEx guy dropping off a box,” said virologist Vincent Munster, a researcher in the virus ecology section at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases facility in Hamilton, Montana.

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