Preventing Indirect Contact Through Objects: Fomite Transmission and Mitigation Strategies

Indirect contact through objects

many pathogens can survive on objects handled by humans such as countertops, handles, and utensils (ringworm)

Indirect contact through objects occurs when a person comes into contact with an object that has been contaminated by a pathogen and becomes infected as a result. This type of contact is also known as fomite transmission.

Fomites are inanimate objects or surfaces that can carry viruses, bacteria, or other pathogens. Examples of fomites include doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, and countertops.

To prevent indirect contact through objects, it is important to regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces using appropriate cleaning agents. It is also advisable to avoid touching one’s face after coming into contact with potentially contaminated objects or surfaces. Additionally, it is important to wash one’s hands regularly and thoroughly to prevent the spread of germs and infections.

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