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US Center for Disease Control acknowledges the airborne spread of COVID-19

Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020. 8:37 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) acknowledged this week that COVID-19 can be contracted through airborne transmission.

An article published this week on Yahoo News notes that CDC had removed language from its official website some two weeks ago which referred to airborne transmission, but this week, updated its site with a section acknowledging that the virus can be contracted by small particles lingering in the air.

“Some infections can be spread by exposure to the virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space,” the CDC said.

The CDC went on to say that evidence suggests that, under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 appear to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. In those situations, the transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces with poor ventilation.

“Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example, while singing or exercising,” the CDC added.

The CDC’s update concluded with reiterating the importance of preventative measures such as physical distancing of 6 feet, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing masks, and frequent hand washing. The CDC also warned to keep from crowded spaces and to ensure that indoor spaces are well-ventilated.


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