This makes me feel better.

Courtesy of USA Today

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always warned that “it may be possible” to become infected with coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.

It just “does not spread easily” in that manner, the agency now says, nor by animal-to-human contact, or vice versa.

“COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads,” the CDC’s recently updated guidelines say. “It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads.”

Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for the health care website WebMD, told Fox News that the CDC’s slight update brings clarity and helps to reduce fears.

“Many people were concerned that by simply touching an object they may get coronavirus, and that’s simply not the case. Even when a virus may stay on a surface, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually infectious,” Whyte was quoted.

“I think this new guideline helps people understand more about what does and doesn’t increase risk. It doesn’t mean we stop washing hands and disinfecting surfaces. But it does allow us to be practical and realistic as we try to return to a sense of normalcy.”

I don’t know about everybody else but since this pandemic started I went from being a more pedestrian germaphobe to a full-blown manic germaphobe. 

I have always washed my hands several times a day and avoided eating at or hanging out in places that are likely to have sick people in them or a lot of germs, like a hospital waiting room, for example, or open buffets.

But since this pandemic started I have been obsessed with keeping germs out of my house. 

I usually have my groceries delivered and then put away the refrigerated items first while wearing my gloves and then leave everything else untouched for at least ten hours before putting them away, and then I still wash my hands and clean the surfaces afterward. 

When I do go into a store I wear my mask and my gloves and once again leave items out at home until I am convinced they no longer have any traces of the virus on them. 

For about a week or so now I have been re-examining my efforts to avoid contact with the virus and have started to believe that I have become a little obsessive

So articles like this one really help me to relax a little. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am still going to clean my surfaces, wear gloves, and wash my hands until the skin flakes off, but perhaps I will not leave groceries out for ten hours before putting them away. 

By the way would it not be the stupidest reason ever to catch this virus from touching a Costco box?