COVID-19 can spread in poorly ventilated, enclosed spaces: US CDC

Washington: In its latest update, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that COVID-19 transmission can occur in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces.

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In a statement released on Monday, the CDC said: “Today’s 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.

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“In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise.

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“Such environments and activities may contribute to the build-up of virus-carrying particles.”

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In the statement, the agency further said that the latest update does not change its recommendations for protest against the virus by wearing masks, staying six feet apart and washing hands.

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The overall number of coronavirus cases in the US as of Tuesday has increased to 7,455,184, while the death toll stood at 210,155, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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The country is currently the worst-hit in the world with the highest number of infections and fatalities.

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