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CDC Warns About Going to These Three Places

In new guidance, the agency warns against poorly-ventilated spaces.
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This weekend, the CDC changed its guidelines about how the coronavirus is spread, saying it can hang in the air via aerosol droplets. "It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes," writes the CDC. "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 6 feet." The agency named three examples of where this could happen dangerously. Read on to see what they were, and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

1

Fitness Classes

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With all the huffing and puffing in close, communal spaces, fitness classes are a high risk, according to the CDC. The agency reported a "cluster of coronavirus disease associated with fitness dance classes in South Korea."

2

Restaurants

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The CDC ranks the risk level for eating out. 

  • "Lowest Risk: Food service limited to drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up.
  • More Risk: Drive-through, delivery, take-out, and curb-side pick up emphasized. On-site dining limited to outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Even More Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity reduced to allow tables to be spaced at least 6 feet apart.
  • Highest Risk: On-site dining with both indoor and outdoor seating. Seating capacity not reduced and tables not spaced at least 6 feet apart."

As Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease doctor, says: "Outdoors is better than indoors."

3

Choir Practice

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Coronavirus spread to 87% of the singers in a Washington choir—singing causes you to expel droplets at a higher rate. "It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes," writes the CDC.

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4

Your Proximity and Time Spent With Others Can Increase Contagion

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"How easily a virus spreads from person to person can vary," writes the CDC. "In general, the more closely a person with COVID-19 interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread."

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How to Avoid COVID-19

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Again: outdoors is always better than indoors. "In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk," says the CDC. To avoid that risk, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

Update 9/22/20: After publication of this story, the CDC deleted its guidance from its website about the airborne spread of COVID-19, saying they posted it by mistake. "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," Jason McDonald, a CDC spokesman, said in a response emailed to CNN. Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, confirmed the very next day that the coronavirus is indeed airborne—see here for his remarks.

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