The Centers for Disease Control have updated the guidelines on how COVID-19 can be spread. CDC officials have now established that COVID-19 can be spread through the air.
According to the CDC there is evidence that people with COVID-19 infected other people who were more than six feet away from them.
The newly updated guidelines now state that spread of the virus can happen through exposure to small droplets and particles that can linger in the air for minutes to hours.
CDC officials have compared the airborne transmission to the way measles and chicken pox are spread.
According to the CDC, this type of spread is happening in areas that have bad ventilation and the evidence said that spread has happened when a sick person was breathing heavy.
Close contact with a sick person is still the most common way to get the virus according to CDC officials and they recommend people still wear a mask, especially in poorly ventilated areas.
For more information about how COVID-19 is spread, and for safety measures visit the Centers for Disease Control website.