THE deadly coronavirus “can’t spread easily” via surfaces or objects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now claiming.
Health chiefs have suddenly reversed earlier guidance which warned it was “possible” the new bug – that has infected more than 5million worldwide – could be passed on from touching contaminated objects.
Fox News and other outlets have pointed out the about-turn, saying it’s not clear when the federal health agency changed its guidelines from early March about how the virus could spread.
However, the agency appears to be contradicting advice from UK experts, and WHO, as they fear that coming into contact with contaminated surfaces is still deemed a risk.
The CDC now includes "surfaces or objects" under its section describing ways in which the coronavirus does not readily transmit.
The agency says the virus “does not spread easily” from "touching surfaces or objects".
However, the updated info also warns: “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 own 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 this virus.”
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