CDC under fire after walking back guidance on how virus spreads

The agency posted guidelines saying airborne COVID-19 can transmit farther than 6 feet, but then pulled them down, saying they were an early draft that was posted by mistake.
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cases before the court and a possible contests election. Michael? Now on to the coronavirus emergency as the U.S. Approaches 200,000 deaths. Cases are on the rise in at least 33 states as the CDC is under fire again for walking back guidance, this time on how the virus spreads. Tom llamas joins us with more. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. A lot of headlines about the coronavirus overnight including the CDC saying how they'll distribute the vaccine once it's approved. President trump telling supporters last night as America faces 200,000 deaths tied 0 the virus, he was telling his supporters falsely that the virus affects virtually nobody. This morning covid confusion. The CDC reversing new guidance on how the coronavirus spreads indoors indoors. Friday the agency posting new gleens suggesting covid-19 can transmit further than six feet and that ventilation indoors is key, aligning with recommendations that Dr. Fauci has been talking about. If you have any degree of aerial sole and you're in an indoor space where air is being circulated it makes sense to assume that's a much greater risk than outside. Reporter: Those guidelines removed from the CDC's website Monday morning. They said it was an early draft posted by mistake. We weren't ready to put it up. It can possibly be transmitted the airborne route, but it's not the main mode of transmission. Reporter: On Monday with the U.S. Approaching that horrific milestone of 200,000 deaths Len linked to the virus Joe Biden attacking the president. All his life Donald Trump has been bailed out with any crisis he faced. This crisis, a crisis that required serious presidential leadership, he wasn't up to it. He froze. He failed to act. He panicked and America's paid the worst price of any nation in the world. Reporter: Overnight the president again downplaying the danger. It affects virtually nobody. Reporter: President trump trying to limit the scope of the virus even though Americans of all ages have been infected. It affects elderly people, elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that's what it affects. Reporter: The president's comments come as the virus refuses to let up. Hospitalizations up in 17 states and deaths increases in more than a dozen states, D.C. And Puerto Rico. 44-year-old Amanda bufuo, a mother of two from Alaska, her partner Scott says people need to take the virus seriously. I can't imagine 200,000 families going through what I'm going through. It didn't have to happen this way. Reporter: The CDC saying once a vaccine is approved children will not be the first in line to get it. It's being tested only in adults now. It will be distributed through distribution centers, not your doctor or clinics. George? Let's bring in Dr. Richard Besser. Rich, let's begin with the president continuing to downplay the impact of this virus. Yeah, I mean, George we're approached 200,000 deaths. There has never been a public health crisis in my lifetime like this. When you have political leaders with one message that there's nothing to worry about and every public health leader saying the crisis is severe, it leads to the situation we have in America where so many people are dying needlessly. How about the CDC walking back the guidance? Is it politics or incompetence? This is a self-inflicted there have been so many political finger prints on CDC documents. It leads to undermining of trust. The CDC should be out there every day explaining what they're learning. Explaining why guidance is changing. I talked to a leader at the CDC, I expect there will be guidance on other routes of transmissions. You talk about lost trust. This is coming as more and more Americans saying they'll not trust a vaccine when it comes out. How can we be sure it's safe and effective? We needs hands off of CDC and fda so the approval process can go through normal channels. When you think about the loss of trust and lives, every community is affects, not equally. When people down play the significance of this, there are certain groups really paying the Rich, we're heading into the fall. We're seeing casings rise in the United States. In Europe they're seeing new lockdowns. What should we be expecting in the fall? In addition to covid we'll see the flu and other respiratory viruses. As we go indoors, we may see restrictions needing to be rolled out again. Dr. Rich Besser, thanks. We have an exclusive in the next hour how Cornell university

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