9/21, 4:34 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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CDC mistakenly modifies its COVID-19 guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention erroneously said on Monday the coronavirus could spread through the air beyond 2 meters, and not just through close person to person contact as initially supposed.

"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," the CDC's updated COVID-19 guidance noted, but was corrected shortly after.

"A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website," the CDC stated, adding that it "is currently updating its recommendations regarding the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2. Once this process has been completed, the updated language will be posted."

The CDC also recently adjusted its coronavirus testing strategy so it included testing of asymptomatic people who have come into contact with those infected with the virus, reversing its previous stance. Meanwhile, the number of positive cases in the US surpassed 7 million, and has been rising by tens of thousands with each new day.

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