CDC Backtracks on Guidelines Saying Covid-19 is Airborne, Can travel beyond 6 feet

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has thwarted its updated guidance that the coronavirus is airborne and is capable of traveling beyond 6 feet. They claimed that a draft version of “proposed changes to these recommendations” were posted incidentally to the official website.

The CDC has reiterated for months that the disease is mainly transmitted between people in close proximity through large droplets. The agency is still working to update their recommendations about airborne transmission of the virus.

Linsey Marr, a Virginia Tech professor who is an expert on airborne transmission of viruses, told a news outlet, “I think the statement on airborne transmission that was briefly available on the CDC website was correct…I hope that they are just refining the language and that they’re planning to put it back up there.” This all comes a week after the CDC reversed a questionable recommendation that close contacts of coronavirus patients don’t have to get tested if they are asymptomatic.

Sources: NYpost, Washingtonpost; Photo: NYpost

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