In case you’re still wiping down all surfaces every 30 minutes and wearing latex gloves everywhere – here’s a new piece of information from the CDC. They now say that the virus does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects.
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads. 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.
- From touching surfaces or objects. 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. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.
This seems like quite the change from what we’ve been told over the last few months.
It's not clear when the CDC made the change on its website but it's there now.
As we try to bring a sense of normalcy back to the country, this update should bring a sigh of relief to many who've been worried that any contact with a doorknob or countertop, that may be infected with the virus, would likely infect them with the virus. This was a big worry as people have started going back to work and back out in public places.
A couple of other ways that the CDC says the virus does not spread easily are from animals to people and people to animals.
They caution that, just because they are now saying it doesn't spread easily from surfaces, people should still take 'practical and realistic' precautions to maintain a sanitary space.
The CDC does still say, however, that the virus does spread easily between people. Their advice for best practices to prevent illness is:
- Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
All of this new information is bound to provoke many to ask the question:
Was the lockdown really necessary and was it worth it?
For more updates on this go to the CDC website.