Touching surfaces may still be risky if the person then touches their face
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has tweaked its Covid-19 transmission information webpage to make it clear that the primary way the coronavirus spreads is from person-to-person, adding that the virus does not spread easily from touching surfaces, objects, or animals.
Coronavirus is as dangerous as it is because of how easily it can spread. Apart from taking measures to shield ourselves from other people, we have also trained ourselves to disinfect surfaces to avoid the risk of coming into contact with virus-laden particles; rightly so, since the virus can survive anywhere from hours to days on certain materials.
But CDC has changed its Covid-19 guidelines in recent days to clarify that the virus spreads mainly through person-to-person contact, and that it finds it much harder to spread from contaminated surfaces, reports BGR in an article.
However, CDC’s webpage does mention that touching surfaces may still be risky if the person then touches their face.
“It may be possible that a person can get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the webpage reads. “This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.”
Yahoo Life has pointed out that the World Health Organization has not made any changes to its own recommendations. The organization also emphasizes that the coronavirus spreads “primarily from person to person,” but adds that “it can also spread if you touch contaminated objects and surfaces.”
Coronavirus has so far infected 5,085,666 people and killed 329,736 people globally, according to Worldometer.