April 6, 2021

CDC: Risk of getting COVID-19 from surfaces is low

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

In a science brief based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) analysis of the latest available data, the agency says the risk of getting COVID-19 from surfaces “is generally considered to be low.”

The CDC noted that:

Sponsored Message

  • The risk of COVID-19 infection via surface transmission is generally less than 1 in 10,000, which means that each contact with a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance of causing an infection.
  • Hand hygiene can substantially reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission from contaminated surfaces, but surface disinfection once- or twice-per-day has little impact on reducing risks.
  • An appropriate situation for cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces would be an indoor environment where a case of COVID-19 had been confirmed or suspected within the last 24 hours.


Sign Up For OR a.m.
Sign up for the free OR a.m. eLetter to get news like this in your inbox every morning!

OR Manager Jobs
Live chat by BoldChat