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CDC updated website content regarding Guidance on Airborne Coronavirus Transmission

The following statement now appears on the website: “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”

On Friday, the agency updated its website to say that 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).”

Infections can happen when the particles are “inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs,” it said. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo, a sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. In the United States, the nation with the most pandemic deaths, the reporting of vital coronavirus case and testing data is not keeping pace with its speedy spread. Public health officials nationwide lean too heavily on faxes, email and spreadsheets, sluggish and inefficient 20th-century tools. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

Now the page has been reversed to the previous guidance, which says that the “virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person” and does not mention the possibility of it being airborne.

The World Health Organization, which acknowledged increasing evidence about airborne transmission of the coronavirus in July, said on Monday that it had not changed its stance that the virus is primarily spread by large droplets that are emitted through coughs and sneezes and quickly fall to the ground after being discharged.

“Certainly we haven’t seen any new evidence and our position on this remains the same,” Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s health emergencies program, said at a press conference.

Sandesh Ilhe
Sandesh Ilhe
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