For the past year, operating on the advice of the unquestionable scientific experts at the CDC, most of us have been constantly swabbing our hands and every surface of our homes and workplaces with industrial-strength sanitizer to kill the COVID-19 virus.
Well, the CDC just issued new guidelines based on the latest data, and they now say that the risk of contracting the virus by touching an infected surface and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes is actually “low.” How low? The risk is about 1 in 10,000.
They describe it as “possible, but not a significant risk.” They say people “generally catch COVID-19 through direct contact with a sick person or droplet or airborne transmission.”
Remember supermarket customers running whenever it was announced that a few bottles of hand sanitizer or Lysol had arrived? Here’s the new guidance on what it takes to clean contaminated surfaces:
“Simple cleaning agents appear to be effective against the virus, and disinfectants aren’t necessary for most situations”…There is “little scientific support for routine use of disinfectants in community settings.” Cleaning with normal soap or detergent is considered effective.
And that’s the unquestionable expert scientific advice for this week. Remember this whenever someone tells you about anything, “The science is settled!”