Hygiene Theater Ends: CDC changes guidelines on surface cleaning

CDC: risk of getting COVID by touching a contaminated surface less than 1 in 10,000.

In a series of recent updates, the CDC has updated its COVID-19 cleaning and disinfection guidance, bringing it in line with what doctors and scientists have been saying since last year: the probability of catching COVID from a surface is very low.

Cleaning can still weaken the virus on a surface and help stop secondary transmission within a household, but the latest CDC study states that “there is little scientific support for routine use of disinfectants in community settings, whether indoor or outdoor” to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

During a White House briefing on Monday, April 5, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said basically the same thing.

“People can be affected with the virus that causes Covid-19 through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects,” said Walensky. “However, evidence has demonstrated that the risk by this route of infection of transmission is actually low.”