CDC takes back guidance, says COVID-19 is not airborne

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Centers for Disease Control and prevention is reversing course, taking back initial guidance that said the novel coronavirus is airborne. They said the guidance was published in error. A former CDC director says this mistake cripples the agency’s credibility.

“This is not a failure of public health its a failure to support and be guided by public health,” he said.

Dr. Amber Hardeman from Tulane Medical Center says our knowledge of COVID-19 is constantly changing and it isn’t abnormal for medical professionals to not have all of the answers.

“There’s several different physicians and research, everyone’s just trying to put all of their knowledge into one pot,” Hardeman said.

The United States has surpassed 200,000 deaths related to the virus. Louisiana has seen over 160,000 cases with more than 5,200 deaths. Yet, Dr. Hardeman says the state finally seems to be moving in the right direction.

“Louisiana as a whole is actually doing a really good job of trying to manage or at least balance keeping control of the spread, as well as trying to make sure that everyone is safe,” she said.

As everyone keeps fighting the uphill battle that is COVID-19, Hardeman urges people to continue to follow mitigation efforts, which means covering your mouth, wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands.

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