Coronavirus mainly spreads from person-to-person and cannot be easily caught from a contaminated surface, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention .
New guidance published on the organisation’s website says the “virus that causes Covid-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people”, but it “does not spread easily in other ways”.
This means that touching surfaces or objects contaminated with the coronavirus poses a low risk for transmission.
The revelation could have big implications for schools and the workplace, both of which are grappling with how to resume following lockdown, by lowering the risk of transmission.
Contact with animals is also not a significant mode of spreading the virus, according to the CDC guidance.
“The risk of Covid-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low,” the website says.