CDC revises coronavirus guidance, says it can spread through airborne transmission

October 5, 2020
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In another about-face, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revised copy on its website to acknowledge that COVID-19 is in-fact airborne, and can spread and stay in the air for minutes and even hours.

"CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19," the CDC’s new guidance says.

"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.

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

Last month, the agency said they'd mistakenly written that the virus was spread through aerosols, droplets that could linger in the air -- that copy was promptly scrapped after saying that “a draft version of proposed changes,” had been posted.

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