Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the major concerns for people is how the virus spreads.

As more is learned about COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person and not as much through other ways, like touching surfaces.

You can still get the virus in ways other than person-to-person, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads.

Here is what the CDC is now saying regarding these other ways of contracting COVID-19:

  • From touching surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, but we are still learning more about this virus.
  • From animals to people. At this time, the risk of COVID-19 spreading from animals to people is considered to be low.
  • From people to animals. It appears that the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread from people to animals in some situations. CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.

The CDC does continue to advise us all to practice social distancing, wash our hands, and routinely disinfect surfaces.