As doctors and scientists discover and learn more about COVID-19, ways of handling the virus are also changing and evolving. After finding out more, the CDC has released new guidlines in regards to the virus.
The CDC has updated its COVID-19 guidelines in the past few days to make it clear that the virus spreads mainly through person-to-person contact and “does not spread easily” on contaminated surfaces. According to their website,
“How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person-to-person without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic suggest that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.”
As far as spreading from contaminated surfaces surfaces, the CDC now says that while it’s possible to contract from surfaces, it’s not the main way the virus spreads.
“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.”
So while it might not be the main way the virus spreads, it’s still an important factor to consider along with social distancing, and washing hands regularly.
Below is an insightful video by Dr. Jeffrey VanWingen on how to sanitize groceries and other items entering your home.