With each passing day, the instructions regarding the safety protocols against the COVID-19 continue to change. On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a revised statement, in which it acknowledged the risk associated with people contracting the virus through a contaminated object(s) or surface(s), but this danger is likely to be very low. Statistics released by the CDC highlight the fact that the chance of getting infected after coming in contact with a contaminated surface is less than 1 in 10,000.
“It is possible for people to be infected through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects (fomites), but the risk is generally considered to below.”, says a statement.
Health experts and scientists have emphasized that the virus only spreads through the air. Although scientists are now convinced about the method of transmission, many officials have urged the Biden Administration to keep the safety protocols in place. For instance, in many states, schools are required to keep the classrooms closed for deep cleaning and sanitization.
The advent of such practices has become more of a mundane routine. It has led to the creation of a sardonic term, “hygiene theater” which mocks these routine practices that are more theatrical but do nothing to curb the spread of the virus.
The CDC might have released these revised guidelines, but there is no certainty about their full implementation, considering how these rituals have now become an integral part of our daily routines. Moreover, varying opinions and explanations about the extent of damage caused by the virus have made it extremely difficult for government officials and other health experts to provide a suitable course of action for the general public.
For instance, when the COVID-19 was first reported in the U.S., the citizens were told that wearing masks was optional. However, that guideline was soon revised as it came into their knowledge that wearing masks not only helps in protecting you but also aids in curbing the spread of the virus.
The health experts have repeatedly advised people to wear their masks and follow the SOPs in place, but other state officials have disregarded their calls. As a result, uncertainty prevails, and most people are unlikely to take the mask mandate seriously.
Another misconception that still prevails among people is that the virus is only transferable through “respiratory droplets.” Thus, people are still buying disinfectants, sanitizers, and soaps to keep themselves safe from the virus.