ATLANTA, Georgia: There is no significant risk of catching coronavirus from surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.
The CDC noted that people generally contract the virus through contact with someone infected with COVID-19, often through airborne transmissions.
“It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the revised guidance states.
The official notice was released following the CDC’s May 2020 announcement that COVID-19 “does not spread easily” through touching surfaces or objects.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the CDC said that “it may be possible” to contract the virus from contaminated surfaces.
Due to that early warning, the New York subway system was closed each night so staff could disinfect the passenger trains and stations.
Further, the CDC now says disinfectants are not needed, as a rule, as simple cleaning agents appear to be effective in stopping the virus.
“There is little scientific support for routine use of disinfectants in community settings, whether indoor or outdoor,” to prevent the spread through surfaces, the CDC said.
“In most situations, cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent, and not disinfecting, is enough to reduce risk.”
The CDC also said that studies have found a 1 in 10,000 chance of contracting the virus from a surface.