Can You Get Coronavirus from Surfaces?
A feature in Yahoo News busts myth vs fiction on Coronavirus being spread from surfaces
Everyone is wearing masks. Which is incredibly important. Why? Because coronavirus spreads mainly through droplets. As per Dr Dara Kass, an expert who spoke to Yahoo! News, the primary way to contract coronavirus is if you are near someone who is infected and if their sneeze/cough/breath/droplets come in contact with you. Let's say someone with coronavirus has sneezed and those droplets fall into your hand. Now if you touch your face, nose and mouth with the same hand, you're going to get infected.
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What the CDC says:
The CDC made a statement saying,
"The primary and most important mode of transmission for COVID-19 is through close contact from person-to-person. Based on data from lab studies on COVID-19 and what we know about similar respiratory diseases, 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, but this isn’t thought to be the main way the virus spreads."
Can Takeout Food Containers Spread the Virus?
Takeout food is also a common cause for concern. According to Mayo Clinic, there is no evidence that anyone has contracted the virus after touching food containers and food packaging. However, they do recommend that you wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water after handling takeout containers, and then transfer food to a clean dish using clean utensils. Wash your hands again before eating. After disposing of containers, clean and disinfect any surfaces that had takeout containers on them.
What about clothes?
Dr. Vincent Hsu, a board-certified internal medicine, infectious diseases, and preventive medicine physician in Orlando, told Healthline, an online resource for health and health-related news, agrees that there is little evidence that the novel coronavirus can spread through shoes and clothes. It is transmitted mainly through respiratory droplets. If an infected individual coughs, sneezes near you and those droplets make their way to your mouth/nose or if you touch your mouth/nose after your hand has had those droplets as well, you are most likely to be infected by the virus.
Coronavirus has infected 6,161,487 individuals across the world so far and has caused 371,016 deaths. 2,738,333 of the infected individuals have recovered so far. The transmission of the virus is high once there is community spread. That is why it is important, according to WHO, to test, isolate, test and then isolate.