But the new guidelines, issued this week, said "this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads".
Yes, the virus won't spread easily, even from contaminated surfaces. "I think this new guideline helps people understand more about what does and doesn't increase risk".
The CDC's recommendations on wearing face masks also has changed.
On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a graphic to Twitter that detailed how two symptomatic individuals who would later test positive for COVID-19 ended up infecting at least 35 at church events in Arkansas in March, with three of those individuals dying.
As researchers have learned more about the virus, they discovered that it mostly spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets.
"Covid-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms".
The virus can potentially spread in other ways, though. The latest info says that the coronavirus pandemic is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as contagious as measles. It also provides a modicum of peace of mind to everyone concerned about contracting the virus - though, the CDC does note that the "virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people" and that "we are still learning about how the virus spreads".
The page now lists surfaces and objects in a new sub-section titled, "The virus does not spread easily in other ways".
Barely a couple of weeks after this finding, a CDC report said that genetic material from coronavirus was found on surfaces of Japan's Diamond Princess cruise ship 17 days after passengers disembarked. This takes us back to a similar vocabulary as on May 10.
Though information is limited at this time, the CDC warned that infants less than a year old "may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with older children". Initially, the virus should have been transmitted to a surface in large amounts.
It is recommended that clean fabric masks be stored in a sealed paper bag until their next use to prevent bacteria and viruses from appearing on the fabric surface.