On Monday, Sept. 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) removed from its website a guideline stating that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus [COVID-19], can be spread through the air.
As Fox News noted, “All of the previously published language in the ‘draft version’ on Friday regarding airborne transmission was removed from the webpage before noon on Monday.”
According to the CDC’s website, a draft version of the recommendations was “mistakenly made public” last Friday. “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 updated language will be posted.”
With the latest update of the page, the CDC now claims that the virus can be transmitted mainly from person to person, through close contact, and through small droplets of saliva that are expelled when coughing, sneezing, speaking, or breathing.
Both the draft and the corrected version indicate that the virus can be transmitted by asymptomatic people.
Prior to the corrections, the CDC stated that the virus was spread through small droplets, as well as in small particles suspended in the air, small particles or aerosols that form when an infected person “coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.”
“These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs,” the CDC website said.
In both the draft and the current version, the CDC said that although surfaces are not the main route of infection, with the risk of getting it from hands to face, it suggested that it is also a way of spreading the CCP Virus.
In the Friday update that was removed, the CDC also listed a number of recommendations to protect against the CCP Virus, including the use of indoor air purifiers to reduce the amount and flow of germs.
Starting in July, the World Health Organization (WHO) began considering the spread of the CCP Virus through the air as emerging evidence, after presenting a guideline that stated that the virus is mainly spread through saliva or nasal secretions when someone coughs or sneezes near another person.
The continuing changes implemented by the CDC raise fears that politics rather than science is driving the response to the coronavirus, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
A report last May published by National Public Radio indicates that there is growing evidence that the CCP Virus is more common and less deadly than is commonly believed.
Tests on people infected with the virus in the United States who have never become seriously ill suggest that the virus appears less dangerous, and statistics also seem to indicate this.
“The current best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and 1%,” said Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
Nir Menachemi, director of the department of health policy and management at Indiana University’s Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, led a statewide study of more than 4,600 people. Most were selected at random.
Research participants had to go through two stages of testing, the first test being a standard test to look for the virus and determine if the participant had an active infection. The second focused on looking for antibodies to the virus in the person’s blood.
According to preliminary results, the coronavirus had infected approximately 3% of the state’s population, or 188,000 people. “That 188,000 people represented about 11 times more people than conventional selective testing had identified in the state to that point,” said Menachemi.
In addition, as NPR indicates, 45 percent of those infected reported no symptoms at all.