The CDC is changing its position on the dissemination of COVID-19.
In fact, the CDC says the virus may not spread as easily over surfaces as was once thought.
Doctors say it is clear that COVID-19 spreads easily through human-to-human contact, even through people who are asymptomatic.
This is why social distancing and maintaining proper hygiene are so important.
“To my knowledge, no one has yet been able to prove that these viruses are actually alive, as they are capable of infecting people. They are like dead particles that are out there,” said Dr. Ghady Haider with transplantation infectious diseases at the UPMC.
What is this wiping of things from the shop like food?
“I think the most important thing when you’re in a grocery store is not to be in people’s stores. Be two metres away,” said Dr Haider.
The CDC said it’s possible you can get COVID-19 by touching a surface where the virus is, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes. It’s not common for the virus to spread in this way.
What about gloves?
“If people wear a mask and wear gloves, they may have this false sense of security that I am protected like this. If you really touch things, if you touch someone or someone coughs on you and you touch his or her mouth, then it hits the point that wearing a mask and gloves didn’t really do anything,” said Dr. Haider.
Instead, the best way to protect yourself from germs while you run errands is to wash your hands regularly, use hand disinfectant and keep your distance. Gloves are only recommended when cleaning or caring for a sick family member.
You can find a list of guidelines online.