Yesterday, this story in the New York Post was making the rounds among conservatives on Twitter. In a nutshell, the Post reported that information on the CDC’s website said that Ebola could be spread with a sneeze or a cough:

But not so fast. Now it seems the CDC has ratholed that which it once said was true but is now embarrassing. Via Sam Stein of the Huffington Post:

An excerpt from Stein’s piece:

The page was a PDF document that explained the difference between infections spread through the air or by droplets. The PDF had been taken down as of Thursday afternoon, with this message in its place: “The What’s the difference between infections spread through air or by droplets?Fact sheet is being updated and is currently unavailable. Please for up-to-date information on Ebola.”

An earlier version of the page is still available in Google’s cache. It said that while Ebola is not “airborne” like chickenpox or tuberculosis, it can travel a few feet in the air inside droplets emitted when someone coughs or sneezes.

Do we really need to explain to America’s smartest doctors that the Internet is forever? Sheesh.

Conservatives were quick to jump on this latest bit of idiocy:

Maybe the American public would feel better about free-range Ebola health workers if the entire CDC explanation on Ebola wasn’t a work in progress?


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