For much of the pandemic, some scientists have been pushing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recognize that the coronavirus is spread through aerosols–very small particles that can linger in the air.
They did that this month, which left us with the question: How does this change the precautions we’re already taking in our daily lives?
To clear it all up, we brought Senior Science Science Correspondent Maria Godoy onto the show to explain the distinction, and the implications for staying safe during the pandemic. While there are additional steps one can take to make sure you and your loved ones maintain as low a risk as possible (think air filters and open windows), it’s as important as ever to always wear a mask, wash your hands, maintain distance and keep those hands clean.
Check out these additional resources:
- FAQs on Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Aerosol Transmission Google Doc
- Safely Socializing In The Time of ‘Rona
- Coronavirus FAQ: What’s The Deal With The ’15 Minute Rule’? Since that FAQ, the CDC has further refined its guidance to define a close contact as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- CDC Acknowledges Coronavirus Can Spread Via Airborne Transmission
Is the constant refining of the science behind the coronavirus leaving you confused? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we might answer your question on a future episode.
This episode was produced by Rebecca Ramirez and edited by Gisele Grayson. Berly McCoy and Maddie Sofia checked the facts.
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