CDC reverses COVID-19 guidance; now says coronavirus can spread through airborne Transmission to people who are MORE THAN 6 feet away
For the past 9 months, we’ve been told to stay 6 feet apart. Now, it turns out that it is all a lie. Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its updated coronavirus guidance, admitting for the first time that the coronavirus can sometimes spread through airborne particles that can “linger in the air for minutes to hours” and among people who are more than 6 feet apart.
CDC said 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.
“In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise,” the CDC said in a statement. “Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles.”
The agency added that it is “much more common” for the virus to spread through larger respiratory droplets that are produced when somebody coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.
The CDC cited published reports that demonstrated “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.”
“COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of the illness it causes,” CDC wrote.