New update from CDC


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) edited information posted to its website last week on the transmission of the coronavirus from contaminated surfaces after the health agency deemed it confusing.

“After media reports appeared that suggested a change in CDC’s view on transmissibility, it became clear that these edits were confusing,” a press release published Friday read.

In its statement, the CDC said it’s possible to contract COVID-19 from touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching your face, adding: “The primary and most important mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person-to-person.”

The edit comes after the agency initially said Wednesday that the virus “does not spread easily” by “touching surfaces or objects.” In March, it had said it was possible for COVID-19 to spread through surfaces and objects, before updating its guidance to say surfaces are a medium by which the virus does not spread easily.