Why Disinfecting Surfaces Won’t Prevent COVID-19 (and why we did it anyway) – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar.

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, health officials highlighted the importance of disinfecting surfaces in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. However, throughout the year, studies emerged suggesting surfaces weren’t a major cause of transmission. But we still did it. And all the deep cleaning might be causing more harm than good.

Further reading:

The New England Journal of Medicine https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973

CDC
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/disinfecting-your-home.html

Nature
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-00251-4

NPR
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/12/28/948936133/still-disinfecting-surfaces-it-might-not-be-worth-it)

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