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CDC removed new guidance about airborne coronavirus transmission days after posting it

BuzzFeed News reports:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed its new guidance for stopping airborne coronavirus transmission on Monday, sparking more concerns that the Trump administration may be interfering with its health advice.

The agency’s new “How COVID-19 Spreads” guidance, initially posted on Friday, acknowledged that the virus can spread by aerosol droplets released when infected people breathe, talk, and sing, spreading infectious particles beyond the 6-foot limit widely used as a guide for distancing. Many virus experts have been calling for such a change to be reflected in public health guidance.

But on Monday, the guidance was removed and the agency’s website was updated to say that “a draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error.”

Jose-Luis Jimenez, a chemistry professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, called the situation “a total mess.” “We are beside ourselves,” he told BuzzFeed News. [Continue reading…]

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