CDC says virus does not spread easily from contaminated surfaces

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

"COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads", the CDC says.

However, neither of these studies confirmed that coronavirus spread easily on surfaces, according to a report in USA Today on Thursday.

The CDC says people should continue to clean and disinfect dirty surfaces that could be harboring the virus.

5 Live is KTLA's digital-only newscast and streams on and the KTLA 5 News app weekdays at 4 p.m. Some viruses are highly contagious, like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily.

The update also maintains that the spread is also low between animals and people and vice versa.

Know how it spreads, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus which is thought to spread mainly from person to person.

Last month, the page listed "Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces and objects" under its own sub-heading, just below a similar sub-head on "Person-to-person spread".

He also opined that the new guideline might help the public to understand more about what does or doesn't increase the risk of catching COVID-19.

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 35% of people infected with coronavirus are asymptomatic.

The CDC has updated its guidelines to state the novel coronavirus does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects.

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.

The change to the CDC website, without formal announcement or explanation, concerns Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Columbia University School of Public Health.

"Our transmission language has not changed", CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes tells NPR.

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