Airborne Coronavirus Transmission Officially Recognized By CDC
The revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's official guidance now acknowledges that the virus can be transmitted through aerosolized particles and that people indoors could become infected even when more than 6 feet away.
The Washington Post:
CDC Acknowledges Airborne Transmission
Federal health officials revised coronavirus guidance on Friday to acknowledge that people can get infected by inhaling very fine, aerosolized particles carrying the virus, following warnings from health experts since last year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that airborne transmission is one of several ways the virus can spread, adding that people more than six feet away from others indoors can become infected, according to the agency’s website. (Hassan, Bellware and Kornfield, 5/7)
The New York Times:
Airborne Coronavirus Is A Threat, The C.D.C. Acknowledges
The new focus underscores the need for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue standards for employers to address potential hazards in the workplace, some experts said. “They hadn’t talked much about aerosols and were more focused on droplets,” said David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington School of Public Health and head of OSHA in the Obama administration. (Rabin and Anthes, 5/7)
CDC Admits Coronavirus Is Airborne, Can Be Transmitted More Than 6 Feet Away.
The CDC said in a document published Friday that it has “repeatedly documented” instances of the virus spreading through the air to people who were more than six feet away “under certain preventable circumstances.” This marks a change for the agency that previously said most infections took place through “close contact, not airborne transmission.” “COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected,” the CDC now says on its website. (Politi, 5/8)