Is Coronavirus Airborne?
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Is Coronavirus Airborne?
Hundreds of Scientists Say COVID-19 is Airborne

Hundreds of scientists ask WHO to revise recommendations as they say that the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is airborne.

Is Coronavirus Airborne?

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Scientists from 32 different countries claim that airborne transmission is a significant route of COVID-19 transmission and have called for greater acknowledgment from the World Health Organisation(WHO) regarding the same.

Hundreds of scientists are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations as they say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people.

In an open letter to the agency, the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people were outlined by 239 scientists in 32 countries. Next week, the researchers plan to publish the same in a scientific journal.

The scientists said that the coronavirus is borne through the air and can infect people when inhaled, whether carried by smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, or by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze.

What does The World Health Organization Say?

The WHO has said that when a person with COVID-19 speaks, sneezes, or coughs, small droplets from the nose or mouth are expelled, and that is how the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person.

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However, the evidence for the virus being airborne was not convincing, said the health agency.

The WHO’s technical lead of infection prevention and control, Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi said, “We have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible especially in the last couple of months, however, there is no solid or clear evidence supporting this.”

 

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