CDC Flip-Flops on COVID Distance Again - But Still Wrong
Actual Experience on Airlines Shows How Far Deadly Virus Can Travel
But the 6-foot guideline has long been outdated by new research, and in any event was never realistic, says Professor John Banzhaf, based upon his expertise and expert testimony in dealing with particles of tobacco smoke which many used to claim likewise did not spread, and could not cause harm beyond a few feet from the smoker.
So, while airlines are increasingly touting what they call their superb ventilation system and HEPA filters in an effort to convince passengers that it is safe to fly despite coronavirus particles released into the air by other passengers, they made virtually the same false claims about microscopic tobacco smoke particles back in the days when smoking was permitted aboard commercial flights, notes Banzhaf.
The CDC is not the only source of confusion if not outright deceit, suggests Banzhaf, pointing to the airline industry.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently echoed claims by airlines that the HEPA filters and other measures make flying safe during the pandemic, but new evidence of actual transmissions in flight caused by airborne coronavirus particles , plus lessons learned before smoking on planes was banned, show that flying can still cause infection with this deadly coronavirus, says Banzhaf, the man behind the ban on smoking about commercial carriers.
So, "don't bet your life on airline HEPA hype," Professor Banzhaf warns.