CDC: Keep cleaning surfaces, but coronavirus mainly spreads person-to-person

CDC now says the coronavirus does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects

The coronavirus "does not spread easily" by touching surfaces or objects, said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), changing its previous guidelines which placed a greater emphasis on this possibility.

Recently, the CDC in the USA changed its guidelines with regard to touching contaminated surfaces; the danger is now considered comparable to other low-risk transmission methods, including "from animals to people" and "from people to animals". It says the virus is spread mainly from person-to-person contact.

The list for the ways the virus does not easily spread also includes "from animals to people" and "from people to animals".

The updated advice on transmission by touching surfaces or objects differs from advice in early March which warned that it "may be possible" to spread the virus from touching contaminated surfaces. "COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person". 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.

The virus travels mostly through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, its website says.

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Regardless, the CDC still recommends frequent hand washing.

The CDC recently updated their guidance on how researchers think the virus spreads in communities, and new information indicates it is not easily transmitted by touching surfaces.

It also notes that 0.4 percent of those who do show symptoms will die from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

This came after a top virologist found no evidence the virus could live on surfaces.

But the new guidelines, issued this week, said "this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads".

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