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Coronavirus Update: CDC Reverses Guidlines on Airborne Transmission

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According to Johns Hopkins, There are over 31 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 961,000 deaths.

The U.S. has surpassed 6.8 million cases with nearly 200,000 deaths.

Per the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 37,291 new cases reported Sunday, which is lower than the 44,283 cases reported the day earlier. Over 897,000 new tests were reported. And 324 deaths were reported yesterday, which is lower than the 901 deaths reported the day prior.

The United Kingdom raised its alert level to level four, which means that the virus is “high or rising exponentially.” And this move will allow Prime Minister Boris Johnson to impose new restrictions in order to get the U.K.’s rising coronavirus case count down.

This move comes as Europe struggles with rising case counts. France and Spain are both facing new waves of the virus, with Madrid imposing new restrictions that will prevent around 860,000 people to stay in their neighborhoods with some exceptions for work, study or medical reasons.

And the German Health Minister, Jens Spahn, in an interview with a German newspaper, said that Germany will be introducing additional measures to fight COVID in the fall, with “temperature ambulances” which will allow those with COVID symptoms to get an on-the-spot test.

The Center for Disease Control has walked back its guidelines update that was posted on Friday which suggested that it’s possible that the virus spreads through airborne transmission.

The agency had previously reported the guidance that suggested that the coronavirus can transmit over a distance greater than six feet and emphasized the importance of indoor ventilation as a key to protect against the spread of the virus.

This is something that experts have been warning about for months, and is part of the reason for New York to emphasize the importance of better ventilation in schools and offices, among other places, before allowing them to reopen.

The website now states, “A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website. CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted.”

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