MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The coronavirus is airborne according to the CDC, but do you need to worry?
Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted “Don’t be afraid of COVID.”
But the CDC says COVID can spread through tiny airborne particles and linger in the air for minutes or hours.
“This just puts in writing what most of us anticipated based on other respiratory diseases,” said Shelby County Health Director Alisa Haushalter. “The chances are higher indoors in poorly ventilated spaces that often involve heavier breathing.”
Local health experts are encouraging people to be selective about the places they go and say people with underlying health issues should be especially cautious.
But things became confusing when Trump said “Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it dominate your life.”
“If the individual has a chronic illness, over 55 they really need to consider where they go,” said Haushalter.
The main way the virus spreads remains the same - from person to person when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
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