CDC says it mistakenly stated coronavirus spreads through airborne particles, travels beyond 6 feet

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that it mistakenly posted guidance to its website that stated coronavirus spreads through airborne particles that can remain suspended in the air and travel beyond six feet.

"A draft version of proposed changes to these recommendations was posted in error to the agency’s official website," the CDC said. "CDC is currently updating its recommendations regarding airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Once this process has been completed, the update language will be posted."

The World Health Organization earlier in the day said it contacted the CDC about its change of course.

The WHO had not seen any "new evidence" on airborne particles and was checking with the CDC to "better understand" the exact nature of the change, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a press conference.

The WHO has said COVID-19 primarily spreads through respiratory droplets that pass when an infected person coughs, sneezes or breathes. 

The international agency’s position "on this remains the same,” Ryan said. "we’ve always said going back over months and months about the potential for different kinds of roots of transmission and particularly driven by the context, the proximity, the intensity, the duration and the potential for different forms of transmission.”