WHO warns airborne spread of coronavirus

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WHO warns airborne spread of coronavirus
WHO warns airborne spread of coronavirus

New Delhi : The World Health Organization on Wednesday acknowledged that there are evidences which confirm that coronavirus can spread via air. The scientists have urged the global body to change their guidance on how this virus can spread among humans.

"We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of Covid-19," Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing.

Earlier, WHO had claimed that the virus may spread among humans through the water droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly sink to the ground.

But in an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.

Because those smaller exhaled particles can linger in the air, the scientists are urging WHO to update its guidance.