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COVID-19: Virus spreads mainly through air, says new report from U.S. agency – Ottawa Citizen

Sep 21, 2020

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidance saying the virus that causes COVID-19 appears to spread mainly through the air, not by touching a contaminated surface.

The U.S. agency says the latest evidence indicates the virus spreads mainly by close contact between people. It can be spread when someone who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks or breathes within six feel (1.8 metres) of another person, said the guidance issued Sept. 18.

“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 (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.”

Airborne virus spreads easily between people, said the guidance.

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