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The CDC has issued updated guidance to its ‘How COVID-19 Spreads’ website, which includes information about the potential for airborne spread of the virus.

CDC continues to believe, on the basis of current science, that people have increased likelihood of contracting the infection the longer and closer they are to a person infected with COVID-19. The latest update acknowledges certain published reports that show limited, rare circumstances where COVID-19 patients infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the COVID-19-positive person left an area. In these cases, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that involved activities known to cause heavier breathing, such as singing or exercise.

It is possible for people to protect themselves by maintaining a distance of at least 6 feet from others, wearing a mask covering their nose and mouth, frequent handwashing, cleaning touched surfaces frequently and staying home when sick… (CDC, October 5, 2020)

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