COVID-19 Weekly Update – 09/21/2020

by | Sep 21, 2020 | Pathogen Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) modified its guidelines on the transmission of SARS-Cov-2 (also known as Corona Virus and COVID-19).  The modified guidelines, which were removed, state that COVID-19 can travel more than six feet, as well as the airborne particles can suspend in the air (Bacon, 2020).  This is a big change from the transmission from respiratory droplets (coughing, sneezing, and speaking) within six feet (CDC, 2020).  The CDC is currently drafting and reviewing updated guidelines. 

The CDC’s guidance regarding protecting yourself and other appears to remain consistent.  This includes washing your hands with soap and water, using hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol, covering your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, and routinely clean and disinfect (CDC, 2020).  Airlines have done very well protecting their workforce and travelers despite an airplane being higher risk for transmission (air recirculation in a tight and condensed space).  Most major airlines have implemented rules that require passengers and crew to wear masks onboard airplanes and in the airport, as well as rolled out enhanced procedures for cleaning and sanitization (Slotnick, 2020).  Some major airlines have chosen to limit capacity, block middle seats, and use electrostatic disinfecting sprayers (Slotnick, 2020). 

By following the CDC guidelines, airlines have protected their workers from transmission from COVID-19.  At Quick Disinfection Force, LLC we can help you or someone you know protect themselves in their homes, businesses, and vehicles.  For more information on how we can serve you, please email us at info@quickdisinfectingforce.com or call us at (469) 405-9604.

 

References

Bacon, J.  (2020).  Is 6 feet enough?  CDC walks back its walk back on airborne transmission of COVID-19.  USA Today.  Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/09/21/covid-19-cdc-updates-then-backs-off-guidance-airborne-spread/5854419002/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  (2020).  How COVID-19 Spreads.  Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-covid-spreads.html

Slotnick, D.  (2020).  Airline workers have lower rates of COVID-19 than the general population – and airline CEOs say it’s proof that flying is safe.  Business Insider.  Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://www.businessinsider.com/airline-workers-covid-rates-is-flying-safe-2020-9