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CDC flip-flop on COVID-19 aerosols won't affect Minnesota strategy

 

September 22, 2020

David Joles – Star Tribune

Protective barriers give safety to early voting for voters and poll workers at Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services Friday in Minneapolis.

A CDC flip-flop over whether tiny aerosols can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 through the air is not impacting Minnesota's response to the pandemic.

Many public health experts were surprised after the CDC on Friday stated that aerosols are a primary means of COVID-19 transmission - with some researchers claiming this risk has been underappreciated for months - but then they were equally surprised Monday when the federal agency withdrew the statement.

Minnesota health officials from the start have said aerosol transmission is a possibility, but is not as much a risk for COVID-19 as it is for pathogens such as measles. The state did work on airborne transmission of measles with a study showing how it spread far across the Metrodome at a 1991 Special Olympics event.

https://www.startribune.com/cdc-flip-flop-on-aerosols-won-t-affect-minnesota-s-strategy/572485011/

 

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