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Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020. 9:28 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The New York Post, via Fox News, is reporting that according to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) “does not spread easily” through touching surfaces or objects.

This is a reversal of its position from early March, but it is not clear when the guidelines were updated and it has issued no public comment.

Its guidelines now include a section on ways the virus doesn’t easily spread — including from touching surfaces or objects.

Other ways the virus doesn’t easily spread are from animals to people or people to animals, the CDC’s updated webpage says.

The agency continues to note that the virus is thought to mainly spread from person to person — even from those not showing symptoms.

Specifically, it mainly spreads between people who are in close contact, within 6 feet of each other, when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes or talks, causing droplets to land in another person’s mouth or nose.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said last month there was no evidence to suggest the virus can spread through food or what it’s wrapped in, and that there was no need to wipe down groceries.

“The biggest issue is that people are picking up COVID-19 from other people,” Marilyn Roberts, a microbiologist and professor at the University of Washington, previously told The Post.

“They’re not picking it up from surfaces.”

 

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