A historical list of infectious disease transmitted in aerosols
Many diseases other than Covid-19 have been known to be airborne (transmitted in aerosols) over the years. Politicians and medical professionals should not have called SARS‑CoV‑2 (the virus that causes Covid-19) a droplet or fomite transmitted disease at the outset. Nor should they have stuck with this death/disability causing falsehood when they realized it was wrong.
See also: an interactive timeline version of this page that is not as good for visually impaired people. See also a companion pre-1900 ‘many diseases are airborne’ searchable list for even older evidence that airborne transmission was real for diseases.