Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: How COVID Spreads Indoors

October 7, 2020


October 6, 2020  |   Frank Diamond

While reiterating that SARS-CoV-2 most commonly spreads through close contact (less than 6 feet, and for about 15 minutes) with a symptomatic or asymptomatic carrier, the CDC now suggests that the coronavirus is even more contagious than previously thought.

Call it the “now you see it, now you don’t, but now you see it again,” guidance about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Recall, that on Friday, September 18, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on its website, stating that small aerosolized particles of the coronavirus can linger in the air and infect someone more than six feet away from the carrier. By Monday, September 25, that guidance was removed, with the CDC saying that it had been put on the website by mistake. It was still in draft form. Read more