New Delhi: There is a possibility of airborne transmission of novel coronavirus, highlighted an open letter by over 200 scientists to World Health Organisation (WHO).
WHO had previously said that the virus can spread mainly through small droplets expelled from nose and mouth of an infected person, and it quickly sinks to the ground. However, the letter from 239 scientists says there was evidence that coronavirus is airborne, which is based on two research papers.
They highlighted that floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them as these smaller particles can linger in the air. The scientists urged WHO to update its guidance.
According to reports, Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said there was evidence emerging of airborne transmission of coronavirus, but that it was not definitive.
However, evidence needs to be gather in this regard.
If WHO revises its guidance, governments around the globe will have to adjust their public health care measures, inlcuding that of social distancing and usage of mask.