A new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that you’re highly unlikely to contract the coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces. But will that turn out to be yet another mistake?
Because it’s become hard to trust the CDC on anything, given its repeated screw-ups amid the pandemic.
Early in February, the agency sent out coronavirus tests across the country — but labs soon found they were unreliable. The CDC had to reverse course and ask labs to send all samples to its Atlanta HQ for testing, setting the nation back days at a crucial time.
And it wasn’t until March 3 that the CDC lifted its final restrictions to allow tests beyond its own flawed ones.
The missteps kept up. For months, the CDC told Americans that only those who know they’re sick should wear face masks to prevent the virus’ spread. On April 3, it flipped, saying everyone should wear a mask if social distancing isn’t possible.