Coronavirus: WHO confirms “emerging evidence” of airborne transmission

WHO Confirms Evidence of Coronavirus airborne transmission

While people are concerned about Coronavirus airborne transmission, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that there is an “emerging evidence” of airborne transmission of the contagion disease.

The confirmation came after a letter signed by 239 scientists was published on Monday asking the agency to reconsider the recommendations about the likelihood that people can get the novel virus from droplets floating in the air.

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As per the report, WHO Technical Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, Dr Benedetta Alleganzi, was quoted as saying: “We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field, as in all other fields regarding the COVID-19 virus and pandemic and therefore, we believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission and also regarding the precautions that need to be taken.”

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Likewise, the Infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkove, said that the agency has been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission.

Alleganzi had also said that still more research needs to be done on the transmission of the pandemic. “These are fields of research that are really growing and for which there is some evidence emerging but is not definitive,” she had said.

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“The possibility of airborne transmission in public settings, especially in very specific conditions like crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings that have been described and cannot be ruled out. The evidence needs to be gathered and interpreted,” she added.

-PTC News