At the beginning of the pandemic there was a lot of concern about catching the virus from touching surfaces. Then a few months ago people started saying that you can’t catch the virus from touching surfaces. But I read of a case in New Zealand where someone underwent hotel quarantine and started an outbreak and they determined through contact tracing that they became infected as they were leaving the hotel quarantine and they likely caught the virus from touching the shared garbage can in a hallway that an infected person used, it was the type of garbage can that you have to lift with your hand to throw something away. This is a link to the case https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/427446/rubbish-bin-the-likely-source-of-covid-infection
Although part of me wonders if the person could have caught the virus from aerosol from nearby room of someone who was infected. Has it ever been determine how common it is for people to get infected during hotel quarantine from aerosol from people in nearby rooms?
I would like to know the facts on if you can or can’t catch the virus from touching surfaces? I am considering going to the eye doctor and they would be touching my eyes so I would like to know what the risk of that is if the doctor had Covid germs on his hands.