The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has given some good news regarding the CCP Virus (coronavirus). It believes the virus “does not spread easily” from “touching surfaces or objects, but tells us nonetheless to make sure to continue taking “practical and realistic” precautionary measures to help stop the spread of the virus.
“COVID-19 [CCP Virus] is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads. It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads,” according to the CDC. It is important to remember, however, that the virus transmits from one person to another, and is “is spreading very easily and sustainably between people,” notes the CDC.
Dr. John Whyte, the chief medical officer for the health care website WebMD, called the CDC’s changes an “important step in clarifying how the virus is spread, especially as we gain new information.”
“It also may help reduce anxiety and stress. Many people were concerned that by simply touching an object they may get coronavirus and that’s simply not the case. Even when a virus may stay on a surface, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually infectious,” Whyte told Fox News in an email.
“I think this new guideline helps people understand more about what does and doesn’t increase risk. It doesn’t mean we stop washing hands and disinfecting surfaces. But it does allow us to be practical and realistic as we try to return to a sense of normalcy,” he added, reported Fox News.
Dr. William Schaffner, the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, reiterated Whyte’s words. “The virus that causes COVID-19 [the CCP Virus] is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person (within about 6 feet). Person-to-person contact is a highway. Touching infected surfaces are little paths, but they don’t carry the big viral traffic,” he told Fox News in an email.
“To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the safest thing is to continue social distancing, wear masks, and wash hands frequently and thoroughly,” added Schaffner.
The CDC website has the following information:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Important precautions for prevention of contracting the CCP Virus, according to the CDC, include:
Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated last month that there’s no need to wipe down food packaging after you’ve returned home from the grocery store. “We want to reassure consumers that there is currently no evidence of human or animal food or food packaging being associated with transmission of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19,” the FDA said on its site.