Respiratory Droplets, Not Surfaces, Are The Main Way COVID-19 Is Spread

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"I would think. if it's an outdoor surface, that's something we're likely gonna get to sooner than later than we would to an indoor surface", Murphy said during his daily coronavirus briefing in Trenton.

The updated advice on transmission by touching surfaces or objects differs from advice in early March which warned that it "may be possible" to spread the virus from touching contaminated surfaces.

But it's more important to avoid indoor gatherings, where an asymptomatic person could easily spread the virus, he said. The CDC's informational page about how the coronavirus spreads was updated to state that it does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects. That person need not be showing symptoms in order to infect others, meaning - a person can be asymptomatically carrying the COVID-19 infection.

CDC does not recommend the purchase of medical masks such as N95, used by doctors to prevent a shortage of this protective equipment on the market.

The virus spread rapidly "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks".

The virus can potentially spread in other ways, though.

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If feasible, CDC officials also advised that a newborn should be temporarily separated from its mother if she has a confirmed or suspected case of the virus in an effort to lower the risk of transmission to the child.

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

Munster and his colleagues showed in laboratory experiments that the virus remained potentially viable on cardboard for up to 24 hours and on plastic and metal surfaces for up to three days.

However, This subheading has been removed today, while being replaced by "The virus may be spread in other ways", where it says that it is "not thought to be the main way the virus spreads". This takes us back to a similar vocabulary as on May 10. "COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person".

Even supposing that the virus got transferred to a person's finger, it should also survive on the skin until that person touches the eye, mouth, or nose.

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