US Mortality Data Indicates COVID-19 Death Toll Nearly Double

Henrietta Brewer
October 23, 2020

But the CDC has changed its guidelines again on October 21, now stating that spending 15 minutes with someone infected with the virus over the course of a day is considered a "close contact" and can be long enough for you to catch COVID from them.

"There is some recent data that has been determined that individuals who had a series of shorter contacts, but over time added up to more than 15 minutes, became infected", he explained.

People who have brief but repeated contacts with people who carry the virus that causes COVID-19 may be at risk for catching it themselves, according to new guidance out today from the CDC.

"A primary goal of contact tracing is to identify persons with higher risk exposures and therefore higher probabilities of developing infection, which can guide decisions on quarantining and work restrictions", stated the CDC.


The report didn't identify the prison but Vermont officials have said that in late July, six inmates tested positive when they arrived at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility in Rutland. None had any symptoms, but the next day, all six tested positive.

The CDC also says close contact can include hugging and kissing, sharing eating or drinking utensils with an infected person, and providing home care to someone who is sick.

The officer continued working rather than going into quarantine. There, a 20-year-old employee caught COVID after 22 brief interactions - about a minute each - with people who later tested positive over the course of his workday.

An investigation that reviewed video recordings concluded the guard's brief interactions totaled 17 minutes during an eight-hour shift. The officer wore a mask, but the prisoners did not during some of the encounters.


In a statement, the CDC said the case "significantly adds to the scientific knowledge of the risk to contacts of those with COVID-19 and highlights again the importance of wearing face masks to prevent transmission".

"Unfortunately we're seeing a distressing trend here in the United States with COVID-19 cases increasing in almost 75 per cent of the country", Jay Butler, the health body's number two infectious disease expert, warned during a news briefing.

"The more time you spend with someone" who is infected with COVID-19, Schaffner said, "the more likely you are to get infected".

"We have to recognize that this will be this be the year of a COVID Thanksgiving", he said.


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