Friday, 05 June, 2020

CDC now says coronavirus 'does not spread easily' on surfaces

The CDC updated its stance on how coronavirus spreads
Gustavo Carr | 24 May, 2020, 00:31

The CDC says about 0.4% of people who develop COVID-19 will die from it.

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.

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

'The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. "This is not believed to be the main form of spread of the virus, but we are still learning more about this virus".

Gov. Phil Murphy, who has been slowly easing the state's COVID-19 restrictions in recent days, said he wasn't sure Friday.

The CDC made the change because researchers analyzed contact tracing data from infected persons to learn more about how they were exposed to the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,800 Ohioans, UH's Armitage said.

CDC does not recommend the purchase of medical masks such as N95, used by doctors to prevent a shortage of this protective equipment on the market. The latest info says that the coronavirus pandemic is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as contagious as measles.

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The revised guidance now states, in 17-point font, "The virus spreads easily between people".

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

Munster and his colleagues showed in laboratory experiments that the virus remained potentially viable on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic and metal surfaces for up to three days.

"Right now, the evidence suggests contaminated surfaces aren't really the main mode of transmission", Tan said. To note that there is a difference between the virus "does not spread easily" and "not thought to be the main way the virus spreads".

She further said, for a person to catch coronavirus from a surface, there were some prerequisites.

Knowledge about how long the virus survives on surfaces is still evolving.

And with individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 but are asymptomatic, a person who feels completely healthy and has not yet been tested can be spreading the virus unknowingly.