The coronavirus is primarily spread from person-to-person and not easily from surfaces or objects, the US’s government health agency has said in revised guidance.
Catching the virus from delivery boxes or takeout food bags, for example, is highly unlikely “because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) writes.
The virus travels mostly through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, its website says.
“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,” it adds. “This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.”
While this information is not new, the new phrasing calls more attention to how the disease is not likely to spread.