CDC Revises Coronavirus Guidance to Include Airborne Transmission

CDC Revises Coronavirus Guidance to Include Airborne Transmission

The agency revised their guidance on the virus on Monday to inform of possible airborne transmission from more than six feet away.

The CDC revised its COVID-19 guidance on October 5 to inform people that the virus can be spread through airborne particles and exceed the six foot distance recommendation, according to CNBC.

Cases in which people have been infected by airborne particles that linger in the air have been uncommon, says the CDC. They have occurred in poorly ventilated areas during activities that involve heavy breathing.

The virus is still more likely to spread through respiratory droplets from close contact.

“CDC’S recommendations remain the same based on existing science and after a thorough technical review of the guidance,” said the CDC. “People can protect themselves from the virus that causes COVID-19 by staying at least six feet away from others, wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth, washing their hands frequently, cleaning touched surfaces often and staying home when sick.”

The complete CDC COVID-19 guidance can be found at cdc.gov.

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