CDC: Risk of Contracting Coronavirus from Contaminated Surfaces 'Low'

CDC: Risk of Contracting Coronavirus from Contaminated Surfaces 'Low'


The risk of contracting the Chinese coronavirus from a contaminated surface remains “low,” according to an April 5 science brief from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The brief recognizes the virus’s main mode of transmission as exposure via respiratory droplets and notes that, while it is possible for an individual to contract the virus through a contaminated surface, the risk remains “low.” Some studies suggest the risk of contracting the virus via a contaminated surface stands at less than 1-in-10,000.

“Because of the many factors affecting the efficiency of environmental transmission, the relative risk of fomite transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is considered low compared with direct contact, droplet transmission, or airborne transmission,” the brief states, noting it remains unclear how many infections are “acquired through surface transmission.”

Per the CDC:

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There have been few reports of COVID-19 cases potentially attributed to fomite transmission 1,2. Infections can often

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