Last Year’s Year’s Science, Tomorrow! CDC now says Low risk of catching COVID from surfaces


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday there is no significant risk of catching the coronavirus from a surface or object.

The CDC clarified its position in a guidance update that said people generally contract ­COVID-19 through direct contact with a sick person or from airborne transmission.

“It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the revised guidance states.

The official revision was made nearly a year after the agency noted last May that COVID-19 “does not spread easily” through touching surfaces or objects.


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