• Ashley McGough

CDC redefines "close contact"

Early on, we learned the importance of social distancing during the pandemic because of the transmission of the virus being spread through respiratory droplets, when someone with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, talks or breaths, can travel up to six feet. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated that guidance.

The CDC is cautioning that respiratory droplets can be transmitted beyond six feet in certain environments. According to the federal agency, these small droplets can lingers in the air for minutes up to hours and had the capability of infecting people after the individual has left the space.

CDC 's updated definition of "close contact" now refers to contact within six feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. This means that an individual infected with COVID-19 could infect another individual if they are in contact for just a few minutes at a time over a day for a total of at least 15 minutes.

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