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21 September 2020 20:31

Boris Johnson Coronavirus Boris Johnson

CDC abruptly removes guidance about airborne COVID-19 transmission, says update 'was posted in error'

Despite several studies that have shown the novel coronavirus can spread through small particles in the air, the CDC page now says that Covid-19 is thought to spread mainly between people in close contact--about 6 feet--and "through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks." This is the same language it posted months ago. In language posted Friday and now removed, CDC said Covid-19 most commonly spread between people who are in close contact with one another, and went on to say it's known to spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes." In the Friday update, the CDC had added new measures to protect yourself in others, including recommendations to use air purifiers to reduce airborne germs in indoors spaces and clear guidance to "stay at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible." The updated CDC page had also changed language around asymptomatic transmission, shifting from saying "some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus" to saying "people who are infected but do not show symptoms can spread the virus to others." That language has now been removed. The Centers for Disease Control updated a document Friday without fanfare that updates the agency's position on how the virus spreads, then removed the new guidance Monday saying it was posted in error.The document said person-to-person and coughing/sneezing/breathing are the primary ways the virus is transmitted through droplets, but the agency then said there is growing evidence that airborne droplets after a sneeze or cough--droplets that linger in the air--are of concern."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 document said. Bill Gates said that although he expects a COVID-19 vaccine to receive approval by early next year, and for the US to begin returning to normalcy by summer 2021, that the pandemic likely won't end until 2022. According to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, there 652 positive cases of COVID-19 across the state on Wednesday, which translates to a.87% infection rate.

"When we look ahead into the winter with seasonality kicking in, people becoming clearly less vigilant, you know mask use is down, mobility is up in the nation, you put all those together and we look like we're going to have a very deadly December ahead of us in terms of toll of coronavirus," IHME director Dr. Christopher Murray told CNN. This is significant, considering new research shows that at least 36,000 lives could have been prevented if the United States had started social distancing weeks earlier. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has told public health officials to prepare to distribute a potential COVID-19 vaccine as soon as late October. As of Wednesday, September 2, there are now over 6.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll nears 190,000 (currently at 189,251). For example, A White House coronavirus task force says that Iowa is now defined as a "red zone" and warns that the state has the highest COVID-19 infection rate in the country – Iowa reported a case increase of over 77% from the previous week.

The US won't participate in an global effort to develop and distribute a COVID-19 vaccine because the initiated is tied to the World Health Organization (WHO), the White House Said, per a CNN report."The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China," White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement. On September 1, there are now 6.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US, and over 187,000 deaths – both figures lead the world by a wide margin. In the United States, there are over 6.1 million confirmed infections of COVID-19 and over 187,000 deaths to close out the month of August, Worldometer reports. Overall, there are over 6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US, although national numbers are down following a devastating surge earlier this summer. However, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ensemble forecast now projects 200,000 COVID-19 deaths by September 19.

The United States now has over 6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 with the virus having killed over 183,000 people across the nation. The Sunshine State reported 3,269 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, according to the Florida Department of Health (FL DOH) – marking the third consecutive day the state reported a decline in fatalities. A federal health official said the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was pressured by the upper ranks of the Trump administration to change federal guidelines on COVID-19 testing, per a CNN report. The good news is that COVID-19 cases in the United States appear to be dropping. Today the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its COVID-19 testing guidelines to say some people without symptoms may not need to undergo testing, even if they've been exposed to somebody with the novel coronavirus.

Although COVID-19 cases appearing to be down in the United States, some officials across the nation's heartland reported worrisome trends last week, CNN reported. In Kansas, according to Governor Laura Kelly, the infection rate "continues an alarming trend in the wrong direction." While in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear warned cases could spike again, after the state reported more deaths last than "in any other week battling the virus." Iowa State University announced it has 130 reported cases of the novel coronavirus on campus following the first week of class. US Death Toll Hits 180,000, but Cases are Declining in Many States On Monday, August 24, there are over 5.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the country has hit yet another grim milestone by exceeding 180,000 deaths. "Today I am pleased to make a truly historic announcement in our battle against the China virus that will save countless lives," President Donald Trump said at a White House briefing, referring to the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. An ensemble group from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now projects 195,000 people in the US will die from COVID-19 by September 12.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced that it will shift to remote learning for all undergraduate students starting Wednesday after 177 students had been isolated following COVID-19 testing, and another 349 students were in quarantine because of possible virus exposure, the New York Times reported. "State- and territory-level ensemble forecasts predict that the number of reported new deaths per week may increase over the next four weeks in Colorado and may decrease in Arizona, the Northern Mariana Islands, Vermont, and Wyoming," the CDC said on its forecasting website. As of Tuesday, August 11, there over 5.2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States and the death toll increased to 166,000. There has been a 90% spike in the number of COVID-19 cases among children in the US, according to a new analysis by the American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association.Dr. Sean O'Leary, vice-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Monday that coronavirus cases in children should be taken seriously."It's not fair to say that this virus is completely benign in children," said O'Leary. On Monday, August 10, the United States death toll from COVID-19 currently sits at over 165,000 – last week an influential model predicted the US could see almost 300,000 deaths by December. As of Friday, August 7, there are now over 5 million confirmed infections of the novel coronavirus in the United States, with the virus having now killed over 163,000 Americans. As of Thursday, August 6, the United States is about to surpass 5 million confirmed cases (4,991,802 currently), according to Worldometer. The United States death toll hit 160,000 today, as the nation faces the wrath of the novel virus, especially in states like California, Florida, and Texas, which now lead the nation in confirmed cases with 527,186 (CA), 502,739 (FL), and 472,691 (FL), respectively. US Death Toll Nears 160,000; Two More States Surpass NY in Confirmed Cases On Monday, August 3, there are now 4.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, and the death toll verges on 160,000 (currently 158,495).