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After a fiasco that made the CDC shuffle to and fro between accepting and denying claims of COVID-19 being spread through Aerosol droplets in the air, the department on Monday, admitted to the fact that the coronavirus can be transmitted through tiny aerosol droplets suspended in the air “for minutes to hours.”

Source: NPR

Altering its guidelines last month, the CDC was unclear as to whether the coronavirus harbored the potential to be transmitted through air, or aerosol particles. Taking its claims off of the website in September, the Center for Disease Control has now, yet again admitted with conclusive evidence that the COVID-19 virus can be transferred through aerosol droplets in the air for potentially hours at an end.

According to the statement, the Centers for Disease Control now admits “some infections can be spread by exposure to viruses in small droplets and particles that can linger in the air sometime after an infected person moves away. This kind of spread is referred to as airborne transmission and is an important way that infections like tuberculosis, measles, and chickenpox are spread”

Source: Science

Earlier unclear about the potential of tiny droplets to be able to carry the virus, experts had suggested that the main way coronavirus spreads is through larger droplets propelled through the air by the actions of an infected person. These larger droplets typically fall to the ground with gravity within a 6-foot radius and enter the air when people “cough, sneeze, sing, talk or breathe.

As per new studies, evidence has pointed towards the fact that the chances of contracting an airborne transmission can be much higher is higher when an infected person breathes heavily, Particularly while singing or exercising in an enclosed space with inadequate ventilation. “Under these circumstances, scientists believe that the amount of infectious smaller droplets and particles produced by the people with COVID-19 became concentrated enough to spread the virus to other people,” the CDC website said Monday.

Source: PNAS

This being said, several physicians have professed that this new revelation might need further follow-ups by officials in determining revised guidelines for social distancing and ventilation. 

On Monday, following the airborne transmission updates, the CDC also said that “increasing evidence” suggests “children and adolescents can efficiently transmit” COVID-19.

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