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The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface. That is the takeaway from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website. contaminated surfaces

The revised guidance now states, in headline-size type, “The virus spreads easily between people.” It also noteCDs that the coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19, “is spreading very easily and sustainably between people.” contaminated surfaces

The CDC made another key change to its website, clarifying what sources are not major risks. Under the new heading “The virus does not spread easily in other ways,” the agency explains that touching contaminated objects or surfaces does not appear to be a significant mode of transmission. The same is true for exposure to infected animals.

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said Thursday that the revisions were the product of an internal review and “usability testing.”

“Our transmission language has not changed,” Nordlund said. “Covid-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person.”

The virus travels through the droplets a person produces when talking or coughing, the CDC website says. An individual does not need to feel sick or show symptoms to spread the submicroscopic virus. Close contact means within about six feet, the distance at which a sneeze flings heavy droplets.

Example after example have shown the microbe’s affinity for density. The virus has spread easily in nursing homes, prisons, cruise ships and meatpacking plants — places where many people are living or working in proximity. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report described how a choir practice in Washington state in March became a super-spreader event when one sick person infected as many as 52 others. contaminated surfaces