Scientists Claim Coronavirus Spreads Through Air, Ask WHO To Revise Recommendations

A report printed in US newspaper claims that hundreds of researchers have evidence that Coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people.

Jessica David

July 6, 2020

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Hundreds of scientists say that there is evidence that novel Coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to revise recommendations, a leading US newspaper reported. The WHO has said the Coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks. In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists in 32 countries outlined the evidence showing smaller particles can infect people.

The WHO did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters. Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the Coronavirus is borne through the air and can infect people when inhaled, the scientists said. However, the health agency said the evidence for the virus being airborne was not convincing.

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