The risk of contracting COVID-19 from contaminated surfaces is very low, according to updated recommendations published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“It is possible for people to become infected by touching contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally low,” the agency said.
The main mode in which people become infected with the SARS-COV-2 virus is exposure to respiratory droplets, the CDC said, although this is not impossible. But the agency said the risk of infection from fomites was “generally less than 1 in 10,000”;.
The CDC’s advice, which has been in existence for more than a year in the epidemic, is the strongest argument against what some critics have dubbed “the worst case scenario.” “Health Theater”
Despite the fact that CDC scientists have been fairly confident since at least last spring that this diffusion is almost entirely through airborne particles. But establishments insist on stringent disinfection regulations, such as continuous wiping of shared surfaces with disinfectants and shutting down schools and subways for “deep cleaning”.
According to the CDC, cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent and without sterilization is sufficient to reduce the risk in most situations.
“There is little scientific support for the routine use of the disinfectant in communal areas, whether indoor or outdoor, to prevent the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from fomites,” the agency said. “In public and communal areas, available epidemiological data … indicates that the risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fomites is low compared to the risk of direct exposure, droplet transmission, or metastasis. Distribute by air “
It is recommended to disinfect indoor communal areas where COVID-19 suspected or confirmed cases have been suspected within the past 24 hours, the CDC said.
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The agency said surface transmission can be reduced by wearing masks regularly and correctly, as well as by proper hand washing.