COVID-19’s smaller particles in the air can cause infection, claimed by more than 200 scientists from 32 countries, asked WHO to revise its COVID-19 recommendations.
According to the New York Times (NYT), a total of 239 scientists have urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to revise its recommendations regarding the COVID-19 after finding evidence that it is airborne and can infect people through smaller particles that are released in the air by the infected people.
The previous recommendations of WHO states that the virus spreads from person to person through tiny droplets from the mouth or nose, which are released when an infected COVID-19 person speaks, coughs, or sneezes.
The NYT reported that the 239 scientists from 32 countries wrote an open letter to the agency, which they are planning to publish next week in a scientific journal. In the aforementioned letter, they highlighted the proof showing how smaller particles of the virus can infect people.
WHO underplaying risk of airborne spread of Covid-19, say scientists https://t.co/dLyKnIcG8Z
— The Guardian (@guardian) July 5, 2020
According to the scientists, COVID-19 is airborne, it doesn’t matter if it’s carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after an infected person sneezes, or by the tiny exhaled droplets that may move smoothly to the length of a room these COVID-19 tiny particles when inhaled can infect people.
The Reuters didn’t get an immediate response from WHO on this matter. However, according to NYT, the WHO didn’t find the evidence convincing enough to declare that COVID-19 is airborne.
The NYT quoted the words of Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, who is the technical lead of WHO’s infection and prevention control,
“Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence.”
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