The CDC updated its stance on how coronavirus spreads

The CDC updated its stance on how coronavirus spreads

The CDC updated its stance on how coronavirus spreads

What the findings do emphasize is how critical it is to wear face masks, since some people who have COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. It is still possible to contract the virus from droplets on a surface, but officials have said this is not how it is mainly spread.

When the virus first started spreading around the world, health officials were trying to understand how it spread and warned people that it could survive on certain surfaces.

The CDC recently updated their guidance on how researchers think the virus spreads in communities, and new information indicates it is not easily transmitted by touching surfaces. An individual does not need to feel sick or show symptoms to spread the submicroscopic virus.

"New data on COVID-19 is available daily; information about its biological and epidemiological characteristics remain limited, and uncertainty remains around almost all parameter values", the CDC cautioned.

The virus can potentially spread in other ways, though.

In March, a preliminary study suggested that the virus remains in the air for up to three hours and on surfaces such as plastic and stainless steel for up to three days, leading many people to disinfect their surroundings constantly.

The virus can spread among those in close contact of roughly 6 feet, the CDC said. "These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs", the CDC warned.

There were no changes to the guidelines about how practicing good hygiene and social distancing help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A major factor, according to the CDC, "is whether the spread is sustained, which means it goes from person to person without stopping".

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