COVID-19 rarely spreads through surfaces. So why are we still deep cleaning?

  title={COVID-19 rarely spreads through surfaces. So why are we still deep cleaning?},
  author={Dyani Lewis},
  volume={590 7844},
  • D. Lewis
  • Published 1 February 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • Nature

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