The most at-risk group is people 65 and older, with the CDC saying it expects 1.3 percent of those who symptoms to die. "Our transmission language has not changed", Nordlund said, according to news reports.
However people should remain cautious as transmission from contaminated surfaces "may still be possible" as scientists work to discover more about how the virus spreads, the CDC warns.
"COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person".
The virus can spread among those in close contact of roughly 6 feet, the CDC said.
Some infants infected with SARS-CoV-2, the novel virus that causes COVID-19, have shown signs of the virus that include fever, lethargy, cough, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as "increased work of breathing" and "feeding intolerance or decreased intake", as per the federal health agency.
The CDC, however, continues to recommend that people clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, wear cloth face coverings in public, and practice social distance and frequent hand washing, among other safeguards, according to the agency's website. But the virus typically degrades within hours when outside a host.
"A persistent problem in this pandemic has been lack of clear messaging from governmental leadership, and this is another unfortunate example of that trend", she said.
The CDC had previously warned that people can get infected "by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes".
Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are of great concern to public health officials and lawmakers due to their ability to spread the virus without knowing they're sick themselves. "Even when a virus may stay on a surface, it doesn't mean that it's actually infectious", John Whyte, the chief medical officer for WebMD told Fox News in an email.
And if people find comfort in "quarantining" their mail or wiping down plastic packaging with disinfectant, "there's no harm in doing that", Rasmussen said.