Keep cleaning surfaces, but coronavirus mainly spreads person-to-person — CDC

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC is up to date COVID-19 The page now clarifies that fact with a new section. "I think this new guideline helps people understand more about what does and doesn't increase risk".

From touching surfaces or objects.

The guide previously stated the virus spreads by touching surfaces or objects.

From animals to people.

From people to animals.

The revised guidance now states, in 17-point font, "The virus spreads easily between people". The virus has spread easily in nursing homes, prisons, cruise ships and meatpacking plants - places where many people are living or working in closer proximity. Learn what you should do if you have pets.

The change in the CDC's guidelines doesn't mean we can stop washing our hands, disinfecting surfaces, or social distancing. 6 feet, not 6.2 feet.

But the new guidelines, issued this week, said "this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads".

The agency advised all newborns - regardless if they are symptomatic or not - who are born to moms with a "confirmed or suspected" case of COVID-19 should be tested at 24 hours of age.

'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'.

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Thursday that the revisions were the product of an internal review and "usability testing".

For some who are infected, it can take up to 14 days for those symptoms to appear, meaning that they can be spreading the virus unknowingly for days or even up to two weeks before they start to feel sick.

"Our transmission language has not changed", CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes tells NPR. "Covid-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person." . And goes on to say the virus does not spread easily from touching infected surfaces or objects. "Just don't wipe down food with disinfectant".

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