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Photo by Rodin Eckenroth / Getty Images

At the start of the pandemic, stores quickly sold out of disinfectant sprays and wipes. People were advised to wipe down their packages and the cans they bought at the grocery store.

But scientists have learned a lot this year about the coronavirus and how it’s transmitted, and it turns out all that scrubbing and disinfecting might not be necessary.

When you’re out in public, be aware of surfaces you touch, and wash your hands often. It’s much more effective to wash your hands thoroughly than try to clean everything you touch.

And if you do decide to keep wiping down canned goods or packages that arrive at your house, there’s no need for fancy cleaning products; “old-fashioned soap and water” will do just fine, Farmer says.

Read the full story at NPR | Health Shots.

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