Surface transmission of coronavirus remains a threat

The observations offer some clarity at a time when claims and counter claims by world bodies and researchers were adding to the confusion over the risk of surface transmission in the spread of covid-19.

On 22 May, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had first said that the virus was not likely to spread through surfaces and animals, but retracted the guidelines hours later to clarify that it was not a primary source for the spread of the coronavirus. “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 eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about how this virus spreads,” it had said.

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