There is not a significant risk of catching the coronavirus from an infected surface or object, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a coronavirus guidance update on Monday.
People generally catch COVID-19 through direct contact with a sick person or droplet or airborne transmission, the nation’s top health agency said.
“It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the revised guidance states.
Case reports have shown that the virus can be transmitted when a person touches something that an infected individual has recently coughed or sneezed on, and then touches their mouth, nose, or eyes.
However, the CDC noted, studies have found that the risk of catching the bug via an infected surface is generally less than 1 in 10,000.
The agency also now says that simple cleaning agents appear to be effective against the virus, and