CDC issued a new poster Friday night October 24, which admits Ebola may in fact be airborne.
But CDC says it doesn't travel farther than 3 feet. Well, at least CDC is starting to move the narrative. Maybe tomorrow it will be 5 feet. Then 10. Maybe next month they will tell us why all the victims' possessions are being incinerated and apartments fumigated. (This article could explain it.)
Just remember: historically, Ebola spread fast in healthcare facilities. Even CDC agrees: "EVD (Ebola Virus Disease) is highly transmissible in healthcare setting especially with severely ill patients and patients who have died. "
UPDATE Oct. 28: Thanks to Washington's Blog for this piece about a study showing that particles expelled during coughing may travel 20 feet. And see this piece, which I published on my blog earlier, that reviews in great detail the subject of spread by airborne droplet nuclei. Finally, I just discovered this 4 week old piece from Washington's blog quoting many experts on aerosol transmissibility.
UPDATE Oct 28: Today's NY Times acknowledges you can potentially get Ebola from a toilet (or bathroom).
UPDATE Oct 30: CDC has removed the poster! The NY Post wrote before and after stories about the poster.
UPDATE Oct 31: Huffington Post discusses CDC's new method of splitting aerosol hairs.
UPDATE Oct 31: There is a new CDC poster, which extends the range for infectious droplet nuclei to 6 feet, but continues to be somewhat ambiguous. (Hey, didn't I predict CDC was going to extend the droplet distance?) (I have updated the link to a screen shot as this 2nd poster was taken down, too.)
UPDATE Nov 2: CDC changed the poster again! They removed the one that said droplets can spread 6 feet. The doorknob is gone. The 3d version attempts to distinguish between spread by large droplets and airborne spread, failing to acknowledge that droplets vary in size and in ability to remain airborne, while Ebola virus may remain viable for prolonged periods (hours, days and even weeks) under ideal conditions. Here is the real deal on droplets.