The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) said Monday that the risk of transmitting COVID-19 to surfaces is low, even considering “obsessive” pesticides are not a good thing.
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Although aerosol transmission is possible, the CDC further states that it is much more of a concern than transmission through surfaces.
“The CDC has determined that the risk of surface-to-surface transmission is low and secondary to the main routes of transmission of the virus through droplets and direct contact aerosols,” said Vincent Hill, head of the virus ” prophylaxis division. CDC-sponsored telephone briefing.
Although the risk of transmission without touching a surface is small, it is high at home. Outdoors, the sun and other factors can destroy viruses, the expert said.
The virus dies “quickly” on porous surfaces, but lasts longer on rough internal surfaces, CNN says.
Research has shown that surface transmission is high within the first 24 hours after a person is infected, and that households with COVID-19 have lower transmission rates when surfaces are cleaned frequently.
So keeping surfaces clean is not a waste of time, according to the CDC, it is not the only or most important way to reduce risk.
“In most cases, cleaning with soap or detergent, not disinfectant, reduces the risk of the virus spreading through surfaces,” Vincent Hill said.
“If a sick person or someone with COVID exposure does not come home in the last 24 hours, surface disinfection is usually not necessary.”
Cleaning should focus on high contact areas such as door handles and light switches.
In addition, improper use of household products can have serious consequences.
“Keeping on display” while cleaning gives people a sense of security, believing that they will be protected from the virus if they do not use other preventative measures such as wearing a mask or physical distance.
Frequent cleaning and disinfection of surfaces has little effect on viral transmission and contributes to “appearance”.
Additional data show that pesticides pose a risk.
“Public hearings suggest that some people may intentionally drink, inhale or spray with pesticides without realizing that this use can cause serious damage to their body,” the CDC expert said.
Vincent Hill cited a CDC study from June 2020, in which only 58% of those polled knew that “the bleach mixture and ammonia create a toxic gas that can damage people’s lungs”.