New CDC guidance states coronavirus "doesn't spread easily" from surfaces

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

Even before the onset of the pandemic, the CDC, government leaders and other major health organizations have been warning the public to refrain from participating in social gatherings due to the novel coronavirus' ability to spread rapidly from person to person, even among those who are asymptomatic. The agency is clarifying its guidance after a change to its website triggered news reports.

"Efforts are underway to address the knowledge gap of transmission between mother and neonate during pregnancy, delivery and in the postpartum period, and recommendations will be updated as new information informing the risk-benefit of maternal-infant separation is available", the CDC said, though it noted babies who contract the virus are likely exposed to infectious respiratory droplets from their mothers, caregivers, visitors, or health care personnel with COVID-19 after birth.

The new guidelines also retained CDC's position that person-to-person contact was the main cause of the globally spread of this disease, which has already infected more than five million people and killed more than 330,000.

The virus travels mostly through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, its website says.

Example after example has shown the microbe's affinity for density.

"Covid-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms". A recent CDC report described how a choir practice in Washington state in March became a super-spreader event when one sick person infected 52 others.

The virus can spread among those in close contact of roughly 6 feet, the CDC said.

They cautioned that if somebody touched a surface contaminated with the virus and then touched their face or mouth, they could get infected.

"A persistent problem in this pandemic has been lack of clear messaging from governmental leadership, and this is another unfortunate example of that trend", she said. "I wash my hands after handling packages and wipe down shared surfaces with household disinfectant".

That resulted in people using disinfecting wipes to clean everything from mail and packages to items they just bought at the grocery store.

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

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