CDC says virus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces

Henrietta Brewer
May 22, 2020

"This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more".

Antibody, or serology, tests serve a different goal.

Namely, combining the numbers could make America's diagnostic testing capabilities and testing rates appear higher than they actually are, according to The Atlantic. "Antibody tests are not now captured in these data". Earlier this week, Columbia University researchers found that if the USA had implemented social distancing just two weeks earlier, then almost 1 million COVID-19 cases could have been prevented and more than 54,000 people would still be alive.

Though information is limited at this time, the CDC warned that infants less than a year old "may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with older children".


What combining the negative results does accomplish is it creates the false appearance that the number of new infections is going down.

How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary.

Moreover, a negative test means different things for either test.

"The viral testing is to understand how many people are getting infected, while antibody testing is like looking in the rearview mirror".


"I suspect it will artificially lower the percent positive", Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told NPR. "Combining a test that is created to detect current infection with a test that detects infection at some point in the past is just really confusing and muddies the water", he said. "It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads".

That resulted in people using disinfecting wipes to clean everything from mail and packages to items they just bought at the grocery store.

According to reports, several states, including Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas and Florida, have also been combining the results of the two tests.

According to The Atlantic's COVID Tracking Project, COVID-19 testing capacity in the US has more than doubled over the past month, increasing from about 147,000 tests a day in mid-April to more than 413,000 tests a day as of May 20.


"The data is really kind of screwed up", he added.

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