Regular disinfection of coronavirus surfaces is almost unnecessary – New estimates

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Among the first items to literally disappear from store shelves at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, about a year ago, were disinfectant wipes and household cleaners.

Citizens, households and businesses were trying to exterminate him coronavirus from all kinds of surfaces with the strongest cleaners and disinfectants they could find.

But now, according to AMPE, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers that regular disinfection of surfaces is unnecessary in most cases, unless there is a Covid-19 case in the home

The CDC estimates, according to the Financial Times, cited by AMPE, that the chances of a person becoming primarily infected with the coronavirus through contact with an infected surface or object are very low, less than one in 10,000. The main route of infection, with a difference in probability, is direct contact with a coronavirus carrier or by inhalation of contaminated airborne particles.

According to the CDC, Regular hand washing can reduce the risk of infection, but disinfecting surfaces and objects once or twice a day has little effect on risk. “There is little scientific support for the routine use of disinfectants in the community, outdoors or indoors, to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 from objects,” according to the CDC.

However, surface disinfection has been shown to be relatively effective in reducing the risk of secondary infection, ie transmission of Covid-19 afrom a coronavirus carrier to other family members in the home. Thus, according to the CDC, it makes sense to regularly disinfect frequently touched surfaces (knobs, tables, handles, switches, etc.) if there has been a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case in the home in the last 24 hours.

The CDC notes that simple cleaning products and soaps are sufficient to remove most coronavirus particles from surfaces and The use of stronger disinfectants is only needed if someone is sick with Covid-19 lives at home or someone positive for coronavirus has visited the home in the past 24 hours.

Young people in the role of “guide”

Young people are now largely “guiding” the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the United States, according to CDC director Rochelle Wallensky, especially those involved in sports and other outdoor activities.

The US presents a mixed picture, with coronavirus deaths continuing to decline (below 800 per day for the first time since last October), which is an indication that the vaccines are “working”, as nearly 40% of adults in the US have taken at least one dose, including three-quarters of people over the age of 65. But, on the other hand, the new cases increase for the fourth consecutive week, something that is of great concern to the CDC, as its head said.

“We see that a lot of outbreaks in young people are related to sports and extracurricular activities. According to the CDC guidelines, these activities should be restricted. I understand that people are tired now and that they are ready for the end of the pandemic, as I am. “But we have to endure and continue to do the things that we know are preventing the spread of the virus,” she said.

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