CDC Updated Guidelines
CDC continues to believe that people are more likely to become infected the longer and closer they are to a person with COVID-19. The update acknowledges the existence of some published reports showing limited, uncommon circumstances where people with COVID-19 infected others who were more than 6 feet away or shortly after the positive person left an area. In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated/enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing like singing or exercise.
After a technical review of the guidance, CDC’s recommendations remain the same based on existing science. People can protect themselves from the virus by staying at least 6 feet away from others, wearing a mask that covers their nose and mouth, washing their hands frequently, cleaning touched surfaces often, and staying home when sick.
While there has been some discussion around CDC’s release yesterday, the Association has been resolute in our approach, specifically that COVID – 19 spreads primarily person to person. The last paragraph in yesterday’s release (which the media has ignored to some degree) is clear on this issue and the information our team has received from CDC affirms that we continue to deliver solid guidance to our members.