The CDC acknowledged virus could possibly travel farther than 6 feet and could potentially be spread through small particles in the air. But just hours ago, this new information was abruptly removed.
The CDC quickly removed this information from the website. Why? Well, because “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website.” It does appear though that the CDC will be posting new updates soon about transmission. But they need more information first.
Can the Coronavirus Spread through Air?
Absolutely. Many scientists have been [using the CDC to acknowledge this for months. This is due to the mounting evidence that shows respiratory particles can carry the coronavirus through the air. So it does look like the CDC will be moving forward with this science. The accidental post went on to say that particles could potentially travel farther than 6 feet, in places like restaurants, exercise classes, or during choir practice where people are talking loudly and often. They could also linger in the air where people could breathe them in as they pass. But unfortunately, as they deleted this post, we will have to see if they will actually stand behind the science here.
Do they mention airborne particles at all?
Not yet. The site says that the virus spreads mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. And, that these droplets could land on a person’s mouth or nose when interacting or walking by. So, while it’s disappointing that the CDC accidentally updated its recommendations and then removed the info, please don’t let this confuse or discourage you. None of this means you should not take this virus seriously. Please continue doing what you are doing, wear a mask, listen to restrictions, stay 6ft apart.