Aerosols are where itâ€™s at.
In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines to clarify that while COVID-19 spreads easily among speakers and sneezers in close encounters, touching a surface â€œisnâ€™t thought to be the main way the virus spreads.â€ Other scientists have reached a more forceful conclusion. â€œSurface transmission of COVID-19 is not justified at all by the science,â€ Emanuel Goldman, a microbiology professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, told me. He also emphasized the primacy of airborne person-to-person transmission.
It doesnâ€™t hurt to sanitize surfaces, and washing your hands is a win. But donâ€™t kid yourself: This is a respiratory virus and thatâ€™s how itâ€™s transmitted. Iâ€™ve yet to read of a case from surface transmission.Â