CDC: Coronavirus Does Not Easily Spread on Surfaces

NYS Clean sanitizer for local governments to combat coronavirus pandemic. March 16, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)
Photo credit NYS Clean sanitizer for local governments to combat coronavirus pandemic. March 16, 2020 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

(WBEN) - New guidance from the CDC is giving people a better idea of how Coronavirus can spread.

As opposed to past, when health experts advised the frequent cleaning of all surfaces to prevent the virus’ spread, the CDC now states Coronavirus does not easily spread from touching surfaces or other objects.

Why did the advice change?

“I think that is just the benefit of us having a couple of months of experience now,” said Dr. Katherine Mullin, Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“At first when the virus came out, it was brand new… it had all these features that led us to make sure we were being as protective as possible. One of the risk factors was that it could spread on surfaces.”

Now, research and experience has changed that advice to suggest Coronavirus can not easily spread via cash, the mail, and other surfaces.

“Now that we’ve had a couple of months of experience, it’s become very clear that people are not picking up disease by having a lot of contact-surface transmission. It mostly is really person-to-person, so the CDC guidelines have stepped back from saying there could be various ways of transmission and really came out saying this is primarily person-to-person transmission.”

Mullin said the new guidance stresses the importance of mask-wearing in public to stop the spread. The CDC says the virus is spreading more easily than influenza.