Over the weekend, the Centers for Disease Control announced that droplets or small particles linked to coronavirus that occur when breathing, coughing or sneezing, can spread through the air.
On Monday, the CDC abruptly removed the information on airborne transmission, saying the update “was posted in error.”
“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 statement.
In language posted Friday and now removed, CDC guidance stated, “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 (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes),” the website says. “In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”
Guidance posted on Friday also said the airborne virus can cause coronavirus infection when “inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs.”
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