The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance earlier this month to emphasize that coronavirus spreads from the person-to-person transmission and not easily on surfaces. The updated document on the CDC webpage “How Covid-19 Spreads” contains more of its estimates about the transmission of the virus.
The CDC website states, “The virus that causes Covid-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. Information from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles, which is highly contagious.”
Knowledge about this new disease is still evolving, and not much is known about its spread. CDC does not believe that the virus spreads easily from surfaces and objects. “It may be possible for Covid-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads,” it adds.
Earlier titled “Touching surfaces and objects” is now listed under the heading, “The virus does not spread easily in other ways”. The CDC website says now that it may be possible that a person can get Covid-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about it.”
In its guidance, the CDC also said that the risk of Covid-19 spreading from animals to people is considered low. However, it appears that the virus that causes Covid-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported being infected with the virus that causes Covid-19, mostly after close contact with people with Covid-19.
According to the report, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Maintain good social distance (about 6 feet); Wash your hands often with soap and water; and Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.