Coronavirus not easily spread on surfaces, latest guidance from CDC says

COVID-19 is spread most often through people in close contact with one another, the CDC says.


Initially, warnings circulated about the possible spread of coronavirus on frequently-touched surfaces.

Now, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention say COVID-19 is more easily spread between people.

    "It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes," the latest guidance says. "This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus."

    The virus is spread most often between people in close contact with one another through respiratory droplets released during coughs, sneezes or talking, the CDC says. COVID-19 can also be spread by infected people who are not showing symptoms.

    The CDC still recommends routine cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

    According to the CDC, the risk of spreading coronavirus from animals to people is also low, although "it appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations."

    "CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19," the CDC website says.

    The best ways to slow the risk of exposure to and spread of the virus are to maintain social distance of at least 6 feet, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, the CDC says.