Coronavirus can spread through the air, CDC acknowledges

Coronavirus can spread through the air, the CDC acknowledges. The US is close to 200,000 deaths from COVID-19. A recent update from the C...

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  • Coronavirus can spread through the air, the CDC acknowledges.
  • The US is close to 200,000 deaths from COVID-19.
  • A recent update from the CDC highlights forms of contagion.

CDC updated information on ways to contagion of the coronavirus, they recognize that it can spread through the air.

For months, expert scientists had already been lobbying health agencies to acknowledge this fact.

In April, a prestigious group of scientists exposed in a letter to the White House the fact that, in addition to the spread of the virus by sneezing or coughing, there was also the possibility that it could be spread by talking or simply breathing .

“While the specific investigation [del coronavirus] current is limited, the results of the available studies are consistent with the aerosolization of the virus from normal respiration, ”the letter said.

This letter was written by Dr. Harvey Fineberg, former Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and chair of the NAS Standing Committee on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Health Threats of the 21st Century.

“Currently available research supports the possibility that [el coronavirus] it spreads through bioaerosols generated directly by the exhalation of patients ”, it was explained in the letter.

And in July, 239 scientists published a letter in which they asked the WHO and other public health organizations to explain better and more clearly the possibility of catching COVID-19 from the droplets that floated in the air, as published CNN.

Now the CDC, in its update friday september 18, say that COVID-19 is believed to be spread primarily through close person-to-person contact, even between people who are physically close to each other (within about 6 feet).

People who are infected but have no symptoms can pass the virus to others.

Coronavirus by air: CDC confirms that it spreads that way

Coronavirus by air: CDC confirms that it spreads that way

Coronavirus by air: CDC confirms that it spreads that way

COVID-19 is most often transmitted between people who are in close contact with each other (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as aerosols, that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, speak or breathe.

These particles can be inhaled through the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause an infection. This is believed to be the main way the virus spreads.

Drops can also fall on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch. A person can get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

There is growing evidence that airborne droplets and particles can remain suspended in the air and be inhaled by others, and travel distances greater than 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in dance classes). gymnastics).

In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.

The US is close to 200,000 deaths from COVID-19

The United States is already close to 200,000 deaths from COVID-19, with 199,474 deaths, and 6,794,724 cases detected in the country, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.

This balance at 20.00 local time (00.00 GMT on Monday) is 30,526 infections more than Saturday and 219 new deaths; less than the average for the rest of the days of the week, although the count slows down on Saturdays and Sundays.

Despite the fact that New York is no longer the state with the highest number of infections, it is still the worst hit in terms of deaths in the United States with 33,087, more than in all of Peru, France or Spain.

New York is followed by the number of deaths – according to the Johns Hopkins map – by neighboring New Jersey (16,067), Texas (15,088), California (15,016) and Florida (13,296).

Other states with large death toll include Massachusetts (9,310), Illinois (8,686), Pennsylvania (7,960), and Michigan (6,969).

In terms of infections, California leads the list with 785,824, followed by Texas with 709,639, while Florida is third with 683,754, and New York fourth with 449,900.

The provisional death toll -199,474- far exceeds the lower limit of the initial estimates of the White House, which projected in the best of cases between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths due to the pandemic.

US President Donald Trump lowered those estimates and was confident that the final figure would be between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths, although later he predicted up to 110,000 deaths, a number that has also been exceeded.

For its part, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) of the University of Washington, whose models for predicting the evolution of the pandemic are often set by the White House, calculates that for the presidential elections of November 3 The United States will have exceeded 258,000 deaths and by December 31, 400,000.

Coronavirus by air: CDC confirms that it spreads that way

Coronavirus by air: CDC confirms that it spreads that way

Coronavirus by air: CDC confirms that it spreads that way

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With information from the CDC, CNN and Agencia EFE

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