What's the Risk of Contracting COVID-19 from a Contaminated Surface?
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- One potential way someone might contract COVID-19 is by touching a surface that someone else -- a sick person, or just a disease carrier -- has already contained. Germs can live on surfaces like this for limited amounts of time.
- Exposure like this is called indirect contact.
- Indirect contact is not considered a primary method of COVID-19 contraction and transference. It is possible, but it's unlikely.
- The potential for indirect exposure is one reason why washing your hands is important.