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CDC Confirms That COVID Is Airborne 

Two weeks after adding and deleting guidance on the airborne spread of coronavirus, the CDC has officially changed their guidance. 

Two weeks after confusing the country by adding and then deleting new guidance that COVID-19 is in fact airborne, the CDC has officially confirmed that you can become infected with the virus even if you are standing more than six feet apart from someone who is infected — primarily if you are indoors. Read on, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

CDC Issued Updated Guidance

"Today, CDC issued updated guidance to its How COVID-19 Spreads website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus that causes COVID-19," the CDC explained on their website. "CDC continues to believe, based on current science, that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19."

They continued to explain that their update reflects "the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area." 

"In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise. Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles," they added. 

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COVID-19 Can Be Spread by Airborne Transmission

In the newly updated guidance, they now state that, "When people with COVID-19 cough, sneeze, sing, talk, or breathe they produce respiratory droplets. These droplets can range in size from larger droplets (some of which are visible) to smaller droplets. Small droplets can also form particles when they dry very quickly in the airstream."

Further down in the guidance they also added an entire section tiled "COVID-19 can sometimes be spread by airborne transmission." 

"Some infections can be spread by exposure to virus in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours. These viruses may be able to infect people who are further than 6 feet away from the person who is infected or after that person has left the space," it says. 

"This kind of spread is referred to as airborne transmission and is an important way that infections like tuberculosis, measles, and chicken pox are spread."

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Coronavirus Can Be Spread by Singing or Exercising

"There is evidence that under certain conditions, people with COVID-19 seem to have infected others who were more than 6 feet away. These transmissions occurred within enclosed spaces that had inadequate ventilation. Sometimes the infected person was breathing heavily, for example while singing or exercising," it continues. "Under these circumstances, scientists believe that the amount of infectious smaller droplet and particles produced by the people with COVID-19 became concentrated enough to spread the virus to other people. The people who were infected were in the same space during the same time or shortly after the person with COVID-19 had left."

However, they do point out that the virus is most commonly spread "through close contact with a person who has COVID-19 than through airborne transmission."

CDC's recommendations remain the same, however, with the organization urging "staying at least 6 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." And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Leah Groth
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