How the virus spreads

Below is a brief timeline of news related to the belated acknowledgement that COVID-19 is an airborne virus and that aerosols are the dominant driver of spread, not larger droplets or surface contamination.

This admission by health officials is significant because it explains why hand washing, social distancing and masks did not work.

September 21, 2020

NPR: CDC Publishes — Then Withdraws — Guidance On Aerosol Spread Of Coronavirus

October 2, 2020

MIT Technology Review: This scientist made a Google Doc to educate the public about airborne coronavirus transmission

October 5, 2020

NPR: CDC Acknowledges Coronavirus Can Spread Via Airborne Transmission

October 28, 2020

El Pais: A room, a bar and a classroom: how the coronavirus is spread through the air

May 7, 2021

CDC: Scientific Brief: SARS-CoV-2 Transmission

NYT: The virus is an airborne threat, the C.D.C. acknowledges

NYT: Why did it take so long to accept the facts about Covid?

May 13, 2021

Wired: The 60-Year-Old Scientific Screwup That Helped Covid Kill