It has been finally revealed that Ebola can also be spread by air, namely by particles spread after an infected person’s sneeze of cough. The claim emerged in a public release of the Centers for Disease Control CDC, cited by the NY Post.
Ebola can be transmitted more easily than health officials had predicted – and can be contracted by toughing a door handle contaminated by the sneeze of an infected person, even if object’s contamination occurred a few hours ago.
Nass made reference to a poster published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on its website unveiling that the notorious Ebola virus can be disseminated through “droplets of saliva.”
“The spread of the virus occurs when germs inside droplets released by infected people who cough or sneeze, get into the eyes, nose or mouth of a healthy person.”
CDC criticized for contradiction.
“The CDC had initially said that Ebola does not spread through the air at all, but they popped up on Friday with this release,” said Meryl Nass. “Now they confirm that these particles or droplets can get on the surrounding objects such as doorknobs, and Ebola can be transmitted by mere touch.”
Doctor Rossi Hassad, a professor of epidemiology at Mercy College, warns people that the dropplets may remain active for up to a day, but it depends on the moist conditions. It is pretty known that Ebola has a shorter lifetime in dry environment.
“A shorter period for dry surfaces such as a table or handle, and longer durations in a moist environment,” said Hassad.