The latest from this week is the CDC guidelines regarding the transmission of the coronavirus. While people are worried about its transmission from different objects, the CDC says that it does not spread easily from touching surfaces or objects, Fox News reports. However, experts warn that it doesn’t mean people can be lethargic about this; they need to be practical and realistic in taking precautions against the disease. The CDC also says that a person can get the disease by touching a surface or an object that’s has a virus and then touching their mouth, nose, and eyes. Previously it was included as a possible method transmission but is not the main way by which the virus spreads—other ways of spreading include from that animal side. The CDC also said that they are still learning about the novel coronavirus and trying to find the other possible ways, but they cannot be the main ways the virus spreads.
A preliminary study from march indicated that the virus could be a viable om surface for up to three days. This raised concerns and panic among people regarding touching surfaces. This also prompted people to wipe down packages and other items while receiving it. However, the study was not peer-reviewed at that time, providing not enough clarification on this issue. Physicians say that enough clarification can prevent unnecessary panic among people that they will get infected just touching. Therefore, these new guidelines by the CDC will help people in understanding the disease. In addition, we should also follow the normal precautions like washing our hands, maintain social distancing, etc., to protect us from the disease.
The FDA also back in mid-April issued a statement saying that there is no need to wipe food packaging after coming in from a store. This is to make sure that there is no transmission of the virus from the food or food packaging from human and animal foods.
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