Three days is still a long time to infect people. And that was before the new current variation. No one knows how long that will last on anything yet.
Coronaviruses have been around, and infecting humans, since at least 5000 BC. Coronavirus 'variants' occur every year, and have been killing humans, since that time. This includes the Spanish Flu of 1918 which killed an estimated 50 million. For whatever reason(s), some folks appear to want others to think of COVID as something other than a flu, but it is not some zombie apocalypse.
As to the COVID transmission by fomites (on surfaces), research is that COVID virus might be transmissible on a surface if a person has coughed or sneezed on it within an hour or two. (See "Exaggerated risk of transmission of COVID-19 by fomites" Emanuel Goldman PMC US National Library of Medicine. I cite this example because I spend large amounts of time in the NIH research library and a lot of it does not reflect 'real life' situations but rather has an agenda.) According to the CDC, the odds of getting COVID a contaminated surface has less than a 1 in 10,000 chance. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/201...mission.html
(They put an unrealistic load of virus on a surface and if you touched it 10,000 times you would contract COVID once.)
I have put food on my table for many years via NIH grants and I can say for certain that the NIH is greatly influenced by money and politics. For example, Moderna and Pfizer have much closer financial ties with the NIH than does J&J and in my opinion, this influence has been reflected in various recommendations.
The NIH hands out over $6.1 BILLION in grants, the 'doctors' who are in the NIH may have originally started with pure motives but within a year or two they quickly learn to play the game. The majority of the NIH management are elitist bureaucrats who are mostly concerned with money and power. Many of the NIH 'medical doctors' have not actually practiced medicine in decades and certainly have never treated any COVID patients.
And just as worrisome is the money being made by companies like Moderna, Pfizer, and J&J. It is estimated that Pfizer has already made in excess of 24 BILLION dollars on this latest corona flu.
In my opinion people really need to wake up and understand this fear mongering is about money and power. Flus like the N1H1, Swine flu, Spanish flu, etc. can be devastating to unhealthy people and sometimes even generally healthy individuals. But what is vastly different this time around is that a flu has been politicized and heavily monetized.
The division in our society is now existential, the 'new normal' is now that everyone is either on one team or the other.
We have allowed this to happen. We sat on our hands, at times gleefully participating, in the divisiveness that was being sold by the media, Big Pharma, Big Tech, and politicians. We get what we deserve; a society divided into two groups that view each other with hatred and distain. We have discarded of any chance of civil communication, discourse, honest debate, true science, and any possible pragmatic understandings.
And unfortunately, the divisiveness has now also permeated healthcare and healthcare research. Two things that were traditionally about 'people' have been transformed and are now as divisive as the rest of the world.