Hand washing is important, but you’re probably more at risk of catching the covonavirus by spending time close to an infected person than actually touching a contaminated object.
You’re at much less risk of catching the novel coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface than by standing close to people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on its website.
The CDC page, states that the virus spreads easily between people, through droplets that spread up to around two metres or six feet away, when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets then land in the mouths or noses of others, or are possibly inhaled into the lungs.
“The virus does not spread easily in other ways,” including by touching surfaces, the website says. Though it doesn’t means, touch is zero-risk.
“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. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus,” the CDC states.
“COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person-to-person,” the spokesperson wrote.It can survive on a surface and be passed on to others who touch that surface. But, the agency says, they believe that this is a likely source of transmission based on how other viruses spread.
Some studies have found evidence of the virus on various objects in COVID-19 patients’ rooms.“We know people have been in close contact with each other, but we’re not entirely sure of how they acquired it,” said Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at Toronto General Hospital.
It wasn’t clear whether someone caught the virus through inhaling droplets that someone coughed or whether they touched a contaminated surface and then touched their mouth.
Although, touching higher-contact surfaces that many other people have touched, like a building’s doorknob or a handrail on the stairs, does present some risk.
“At the end of the day, the risk of getting this infection through those means is certainly extremely low. Of course, it’s not zero,” but it’s really low. The experts recommend frequent handwash is a must. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out.