Update: On Sept. 21, the CDC said it had posted the updated guidance on COVID being spread through airborne particles “in error.” A disclaimer on the top of the page about how COVID spreads now reads: “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.” The page has been reverted to its version from before Friday, Sept. 18, which does not acknowledge airborne spread.
Best Life’s original article appears below.
Over the past week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has made multiple significant adjustments to their guidance around COVID. On Sept. 18, the CDC reversed their guidelines on testing, once again noting that asymptomatic people should be tested if they come into contact with a positive COVID case. On the same day, the CDC quietly changed its guidance on how COVID spreads and it’s one of the most significant adjustments yet. The CDC is now acknowledging that COVID can spread through the air.
“COVID-19 most commonly spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced [from] an infected person,” the CDC website now reads. For months, health experts have urged the CDC to acknowledge the mounting evidence that suggests COVID could be transmitted through aerosols, meaning tiny particles in the air. Until this most recent update, however, the CDC has largely ignored the possibility that COVID could be airborne in its formal guidelines.
“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 six feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the CDC’s site now reads.
The agency also warns of the potential dangers of poor ventilation: “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”
The CDC page previously said that COVID was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact—within six feet—”through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” And while that’s true, the page has been altered to now include two other ways the virus can spread through droplets, whether large or aerosolized.
These are the five ways COVID spreads, according to the CDC’s updated guidance. And for more behavior to avoid, check out 24 Things You’re Doing Every Day That Put You at COVID Risk.
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