CDC says virus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces

CDC says virus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces

Many people have been anxious about catching COVID-19 through touching contaminated surfaces; now they can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S.in its updated guidelines has said that the virus does not spread easily in this way.

If feasible, CDC officials also advised that a newborn should be temporarily separated from its mother if she has a confirmed or suspected case of the virus in an effort to lower the risk of transmission to the child.

"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 CDC webpage states.

'The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.

The virus can potentially spread in other ways, though.

However people should remain cautious as transmission from contaminated surfaces "may still be possible" as scientists work to discover more about how the virus spreads, the CDC warns. Only a small number of pets such as cats and dogs worldwide have tested positive for the virus.

COVID-19 mainly advances via "close contact from person-to-person".

The website warns people the virus can spread easily between people who are within 6 feet of one another through respiratory droplets from sneezing or talking. "These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs", according to the CDC.

There were no changes to the guidelines about how practicing good hygiene and social distancing help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

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