COVID-19: WHO Says ‘Emerging Evidence’ Of Airborne Coronavirus Spread

The confirmation from WHO came after the publication of a letter signed by 239 scientists urging that people can catch the virus from droplets in the air.

Jessica David

July 9, 2020

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that there is an “emerging evidence” of airborne transmission of the Coronavirus. The confirmation came after the publication of a letter, on Monday (July 7), signed by 239 scientists urging the agency to be more forthcoming about the likelihood that people can catch the virus from droplets floating in the air. “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,” Dr Benedetta Alleganzi, WHO Technical Lead for Infection Prevention and Control said.

Infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkove, with WHO’s Health Emergencies Program, said, “We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission of COVID-19, as well as a droplet. We have looked at fomites. We have looked at faecal-oral. We have looked at mother to child. We’ve looked at an animal to human, of course as well.” Alleganzi said, “So, there are fields of research that are really growing and for which there is some evidence emerging but is not definitive.”

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