The risk of surface transmission of Covid-19 is low, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Far more important is airborne transmission — and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good.
The risk of surface transmission of Covid-19 is low, and the CDC says when peole obsessively disinfect surfaces they may be wasting time and even putting themselves in danger.
"CDC determined that the risk of surface transmission is low, and secondary to the primary routes of virus transmission through direct contact droplets and aerosols," Vincent Hill, Chief of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, said on a CDC-sponsored telephone briefing.Hill said the risk of transmission from touching a surface, while small, is elevated indoors. Outdoors, the sun and other factors can destroy viruses, Hill said.The virus dies"rapidly" on porous surfaces but can persist longer on hard, indoor surfaces.Clorox prepares for a return to normal by selling wipes to businessesResearch also suggested that surface transmission was more likely in the first 24 hours after a person is infected, and that households where one person had Covid-19 did have lower transmission rates when the household cleaned and disinfected surfaces. Read MoreSo while keeping surfaces clean is not a waste of time, it's not the only way or even the most important way to reduce risks, the CDC said. It's updated its guidance for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in community settings in light of this transmission risk. "In most situations, cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent, and not disinfecting, is enough to reduce the already low risk of virus transmission through surfaces," Hill said."Disinfecting surfaces is typically not necessary, unless a sick person or someone positive for Covid-19 has been in the home within the last 24 hours."Hill said cleaning should be focused on high-contact areas such as doorknobs and light switches. Household cleaners pose a dangerPeople may be using household cleaning products in order to protect themselves from Covid-19, but misuse can have dangerous consequences, Hill added.Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces may have minimal impact on viral transmission and contribute to"hygiene theater," he added."Putting on a show" to clean and disinfect"may be used to give people a sense of security that they are being protected from the virus, but this may be a false sense of security, if other prevention measures like wearing masks, physical distancing, and hand hygiene are not being consistently performed," Hill said. Your home is a hotspot for Covid-19, studies say"It also could make people feel less need to engage in these other important prevention measures."Additional data shows that the disinfectants themselves may pose a risk."Public inquiries indicate that some people may purposely drink, inhale, or spray their skin with disinfectants, without understanding that use of disinfectants in this way can cause serious harm to their bodies," he said.Hill cited CDC research from June of 2020 showing that, of those people surveyed,"only 58% knew that bleach should not be mixed with ammonia, because mixing bleach and ammonia creates a toxic gas that harms people's lungs." Get CNN Health's weekly newsletter Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team.
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took them how long to figure this out - the blind leading the blind The pandemic is FOURTEEN MONTHS OLD!! WHCOS POTUS PressSec DrNunezSmith aslavitt46 benwakana46 CDCDirector cyrusshahpar46 ashishkjha nycsouthpaw ddale8 HamillHimself 1 Neither with Vaccines nor without Vaccines it seems that fear of the unknown has been embedded and cemented in people's hearts and minds
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American CDC? The institution supposed to contain the virus and terminate the epidemic? No denying the disinfectant might be some harm to the environment though. if that’s true why don’t u say ... we no longer need to wash hands! Hummm, the CDC is just as bad as Quack Fauci. The Quack and CDC flip-flop more than a fish on dry land. Their creditability is ZERO.
What kinda BS is CNN leading with? You can get it from surfaces, wiping down surfaces also helps with common colds and the flu. Heard much about the flu this year? NO!! Just say then that idiots are using non household chemicals to wipe down. Just come out an say DONT BE IDIOTS! Follow me i follow back
It’s been that way since the beginning. They knew and kept it from us to keep us in fear. Best preventive measure I think CDC wise guys should say is STOP BREATHING CDC admits the risk of surface transmission is low after carrying on about sanitizing surfaces. This was as difficult to get them to do and took longer than getting Dr Fauci to stop saying 'people should not be walking around with a mask.'
All these precautions are for show Well of course they are. Next week it will be the other way around
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only reason youre required to wear a mask is china is making trillion$. if youre old or are a fat fuck, yea you might struggle w covid and die because you already are hyperventilating walking up stairs. COVID is a lie and not a threat to our way of life, only the government is Stupid , everyone knows that having a garage full of toilet paper is the only true protection against Covid-19. Morons
Not airborne. Airborne We don’t cover our food in grocery store but we spray here ! Lmao 😂 brilliant!! We’ve known this for a long time. You’re just now reporting it because a lot of your liberal followers are starting to call the “media” out for the fear mongering you’ve been doing for the last year.
Just wait until next week and you can change the rules again... Hmm. I said this when it started, and they were showing trucks driving down city streets overseas pumping out disinfectant mist. you're kinda getting the public confused by posts like this. shouldn't DrFaucis1 make a stand here? good luck Been saying this since the beginning. All for show.
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Poverty If you put too much of a cleaner on a surface it loses potency. It is based off of what spread basically. No more having to wash our hands!!!!
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