CDC Says Coronavirus Could Spread Through Air

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World Health Organization later updated its guidance, "saying that airborne transmission had not been definitively demonstrated but recommending that people avoid poorly ventilated, crowded spaces", according to the Los Angeles Times.

"CDC is aware of a small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, reported to the infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19". 'CDC is now updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

While the CDC has not called for any new action to address the airborne threat of a virus that has now killed almost 200,000 Americans, experts said the change should help to shift policy and public behavior.

After experts applauded the guidance as an important and appropriate step given the strong evidence of airborne coronavirus transmission, the CDC on Monday morning edited its website and deleted the reference to aerosols-a move commentators said will only serve to further undermine trust in the information coming out of America's public health agencies.

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"In general indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk", the page added. It can be spread when someone who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes within six feel (1.8 metres) of another person, said the guidance issued September 18.

The updated CDC guidance about air transmission also comes days after the CDC's director, Dr. Robert Redfield, said masks could be even more helpful in combating the coronavirus than a vaccine.

They also updated the guidance that particles can remain in the air longer and travel farther than originally thought.

The website was changed over the weekend, according to multiple media reports, to reflect these updates to the guidance. That is down from a peak of 2,806 daily deaths recorded on April 15.

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He then repeated his defence of the changes during a Senate hearing on Wednesday, saying the controversy was a "misinterpretation" of the guidance.


The change should drive people to adopt concrete solutions to slowing airborne transmission, Jimenez said, such as wearing more tightly fitting masks, improving ventilation and keeping as much distance as possible from others when indoors.

In April, a prestigious scientific panel told the White House in a letter that research showed coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing. "The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus", it adds.

Visitors set up inside circles created to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads, clarified CDC.

"Evidence has been accumulating for some time".

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Previous guidance stated COVID-19 was believed to be transferred through larger droplets through close contact, closer than six feet.

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