CDC admits to erroneously posting guidelines that say COVID-19 spreads through air and beyond 6 feet

by Bryan Brammer · Sep 21st, 2020 1:20 pm

Last Updated Sep 22nd, 2020 at 5:49 pm

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that it erroneously posted guidance on its website that said COVID-19 can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond six feet.

"A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency's official website," the CDC wrote. "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."

Prior to the CDC's statement, the World Health Organization said it contacted the CDC concerning the guidance in order to "better understand" the reasons behind the change.

The W.H.O. said it has not seen any "new evidence" on airborne particles and that the virus spreads through respiratory droplets that transmit when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or breathes.

The W.H.O. has also said it is monitoring "emerging evidence" that COVID-19 transfers through the air.


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