Emerging Evidence of Airborne Coronavirus? WHO confirms

Even though the exact mechanism of how the virus spreads is still unclear, it is essential to acknowledge that evidence is pointing towards aerosols as a mode of transmission of Coronavirus 2. (SARS-nCoV-2).

Scientists worldwide who are still learning new information about the virus every day wrote about this to WHO urging them to acknowledge that it is airborne with more than 230 scientists presenting evidence that the virus can be caught from floating droplets in the air. Studies have shown that some events or locations may cause clusters of infections with the virus at places of gathering like market, restaurants, workplaces even if there is no direct contact with infected patients. The agency is preparing a scientific brief to address the evidence that the novel coronavirus may be airborne, which contributes to its infectiousness and rapid spread.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a major research effort is underway to shed light on whether COVID-19 can spread through tiny airborne particles, which are released by infected people and remain floating in the air for hours. Currently, the WHO recommends social distancing, avoiding crowded places, and regular handwashing as the most important measures to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. With the threat of airborne transmission, especially in closed areas like offices and workplaces, companies and their workers should practice infection control measures, such as physical distancing, washing the hands regularly, and regular disinfection. Also, wearing masks should be practised for reducing the transmission of the potentially-fatal virus.

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