It now says the virus can commonly spread “through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols,” which are produced even when a person breathes. Previously, the CDC said that Covid-19 was thought to spread mainly between people in close contact — about 6 feet — and “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.”
The CDC also added measures based on protecting yourself and others. It now says people should “stay at least 6 feet away from others, whenever possible,” and continues to direct people to wear a mask and routinely clean and disinfect. However, it also now says people should stay home and isolate when sick, and “use air purifiers to help reduce airborne germs in indoor spaces.”
YOU ASKED. WE ANSWERED
Q: How can I tell if I have coronavirus or the flu (or both)?
“Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults,” it added.
But unlike the flu, Covid-19 can cause a loss of taste or smell.
So the best way to know if you have the novel coronavirus or the flu (or both) is to get tested. The CDC has created a test that will check for both viruses, to be used at CDC-supported public health labs.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT TODAY
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The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is doubling roughly every seven days, according to the country’s chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance. If that rate continues to grow unabated, “by mid-October you would end up with something like 50,000 per day,” which “could lead to 200 deaths a day” by November, Vallance warned at a Monday press briefing.
Welcome to a week of high-level “digital diplomacy”
ON OUR RADAR
- Bill Gates says it’s “outrageous” Americans can’t get coronavirus test results in 24 hours.
- More than 30 people were arrested at a London anti-vaccination protest after police officers were “met with outbreaks of violence.”
- “Biology is independent of politics,” the White House’s virus testing czar said when pressed on President Donald Trump’s campaign rallies.
- Laugh tracks, sweeps and plenty of pandemic jokes marked the 72nd Emmys.
- “I have taken every possible precaution and still contracted coronavirus,” Rep. Jahana Hayes, a Connecticut Democrat, said when announcing she has tested positive for Covid-19.
- A history of a scams and fraud in the Miami-Dade County area is haunting contact tracing efforts, according to local officials.
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“Before you run off to the movies or your favorite restaurant, you do need to think carefully about how to balance the risks and the benefits, and what precautions you can take to try and keep safe.” — CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta