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article imageCDC — COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission

By Karen Graham     Oct 5, 2020 in Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Monday that coronavirus can spread through "airborne transmission" to people who are more than 6 feet away under certain conditions.
Two weeks ago, the CDC removed new guidance from its website that stated: “There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes), In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”
The CDC said the "draft" guidance was posted in error and was removed because they feared the language could be misinterpreted as suggesting that airborne transmission is the main way the virus spreads.
Updated version on CDC website
The CDC has posted an updated version of its guidance on airborne transmission of the coronavirus, saying: "Some infections can be spread by exposure to 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."
“Under these circumstances,” the Web page says, according to the Washington Post, “scientists believe that the amount of infectious smaller droplet and particles produced by the people with COVID-19 became concentrated enough to spread the virus to other people. The people who were infected were in the same space during the same time or shortly after the person with COVID-19 had left.”
The CDC also points out that based on current science, people are more likely to become infected with COVID-19 the longer and closer they are to a person with the virus.
"Today’s update acknowledges the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area. In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise."
The update does not change in any way the CDC's recommendations that we continue to abide by social distancing guidelines, wear a face mask when out and about, and wash our hands frequently, reports The Hill.
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And at a press conference today, the president's doctor said Trump would be leaving the hospital today, though he "may not be entirely out of the woods yet." When questioned about this, the medical team appeared to be vague on their answers, saying it was typical for a hospital to send a patient home with medications.
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