learn about COVID-19, its impact, and what you can do about it.
Many news sources such as USA Today and the New York Post reported a change in the CDC website. Previously, the CDC has warned that COVID-19 infection could spread by touching previously contaminated objects or surfaces. However, their website now reports that COVID-19 “does not spread easily” in this way and that because COVID-19 is a novel virus they are still learning about its spread. In the New England Journal of Medicine, a study claimed that coronavirus can “live on some surfaces for up to three days and up to three hours in the air. It can [also] live up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to 2-3 days on plastic and stainless steel.” This study in addition to CDC warnings resulted in many wiping down groceries and recently delivered packages. However, this study did not determine if people could actually be infected from touching the surfaces and was also not peer-reviewed. Additionally, the CDC now says that being infected by COVID-19 through take-out or packages is unlikely “because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces.” Especially with the uncertainties of this disease, it is important to continue practicing social distancing, utilizing proper hand-washing techniques, and wearing masks while in public in order to protect our families, friends, and communities. Remember that even if somebody does not show symptoms of COVID-19, they could simply be asymptomatic meaning that they can still spread COVID-19 to others.
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