Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces, revised CDC website says

Henrietta Brewer
May 23, 2020

There were no changes to the guidelines about how practicing good hygiene and social distancing help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Last month, the page listed "Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces and objects" under its own sub-heading, just below a similar sub-head on "Person-to-person spread". And it's especially important to keep your distance from other people, particularly if they appear sick - though, of course, it's possible to be infected without showing symptoms.

The CDC in its guidance also said that the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low at this point of time. This news is on rounds, but much relief can be found only when people know how it doesn't spread so easily. The changed version says that it is not thought to be the main way through which the virus spreads. The recommendations voiced by the CDC experts, reports MedicalXpress. It seems as though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has avoided using "Coronavirus Does Not Spread Easily" vocabulary.

Explaining the change, the official United States health agency clarified that "Covid-19 is a new disease and we are still learning more about this virus".

While the CDC is "still learning" about how the virus spreads, according to its website.

Before, researchers originally thought the virus could live on some surfaces for up to three days.

The agency added "touching surfaces or objects" to the ways in which the coronavirus is not readily transmitted.

"The extent to which SARS-CoV-2 infection contributed to the reported signs of infection and complications is unclear, as many of these findings can also be seen commonly in term and preterm infants for other reasons (e.g., transient tachypnea of the newborn or neonatal respiratory distress syndrome)", the CDC said, noting that reports show some infants infected with COVID-19 "had asymptomatic or mild disease and recovered without complication".

She further said, for a person to catch coronavirus from a surface, there were some prerequisites. Next, the virus should survive on that surface until someone touches it.

Previously, the concern was that if an infected person coughed into their hand, then touched a surface, then you touched that surface, then touched your face, you could come down with COVID-19.

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