CDC updates COVID-19 transmission webpage to clarify information about types of spread

May 26, 2020

As a result of a review of its website to make sure content is accessible and clear for all audiences, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made edits to the organization of the COVID-19 transmission page, including adding a headline in an attempt to clarify other types of spread beyond person to person. This change was intended to make it easier to read and was not a result of any new science. 

After media reports appeared that suggested a change in CDC’s view on transmissibility, it became clear that these edits were confusing. Therefore, the CDC has once again edited the page to provide clarity. 

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. 

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