CDC updated surface guidance
- “It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to be low,” the CDC said in its updated guidelines.
- “Routine cleaning performed effectively with soap or detergent, at least once per day, can substantially reduce virus levels on surfaces,” the CDC said, per ABC News.
- CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said “disinfection is only recommended in indoor-setting schools and homes where there has been a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, within the last 24 hours.”
Fears of COVID-19 and surfaces
Research released early in the coronavirus pandemic suggested that COVID-19 could live on surfaces for days, which prompted fears that touching surfaces, Amazon packages and groceries could lead to the spread of the virus, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson wrote extensively about this subject back in February, explaining how hygiene theater is a waste of time. He explained that companies and businesses added hand sanitizers, cleaning methods and more to give off the impression that they were ridding the business of COVID-19. But really, infection from surfaces was highly unlikely.