Scientific data shows that focusing on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces has little impact on stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Research conducted since the start of the pandemic dispels early assumptions that the coronavirus was transmitted by touching contaminated surfaces. What scientists now understand is the most important route of transmission occurs by breathing in the virus from the air.
Rather than expending limited resources on cleaning surfaces, it’s better to focus on improving ventilation and cleaning the air in public places. It is equally important for everyone to continue to use the following methods to avoid infection:
- Stay away from crowds.
- Wear a mask whenever you leave the house.
- Limit the time spent in any indoor space with people outside of your own household.
- Be aware of surfaces you touch when out in public and wash your hands thoroughly and often.
For more information, check out the article Still Disinfecting Surfaces? It Might Not Be Worth It available in written form or as a short podcast on the NPR website.
April Mabry is an assistant director at TASB HR Services. Send April an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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