SCI­EN­TISTS: COVID-19 IS AIR­BORNE

The Witness - - NEWS - New York Times —­ Reuters.

HUN­DREDS­ of­ sci­en­tists­ say­ there­ isev­i­dence­ that­ Covid-19­ in­ smaller­ par­ti­clesin­ the­ air­ can­ in­fect­ peo­ple­ an­dare­ call­ing­ for­ the­ World­ Health­ Or­gan­i­sa­tionto­ re­vise­ its­ rec­om­men­da­tions,the­ re­ported­ onSatur­day.

The­ WHO­ has­ said­ the­ dis­easespread­s­ pri­mar­ily­ from­ per­son­ to­ per­son­through­ small­ droplets­ from­ thenose­ or­ mouth,­ which­ are­ ex­pelled­when­ a­ per­son­ with­ Covid-19­ coughs,sneezes­ or­ speaks.

In­ an­ open­ let­ter­ to­ the­ agency,which­ the­ re­searchers­ plan­ to­ pub­lishin­ a­ sci­en­tific­ jour­nal­ next­ week,­ 239sci­en­tists­ in­ 32­ coun­tries­ out­lined­ theev­i­dence­ show­ing­ smaller­ par­ti­cles­ can­in­fect­ peo­ple.

“We­ are­ aware­ of­ the­ ar­ti­cle­ an­dare­ re­view­ing­ its­ con­tents,”­ WHOspokesp­er­son­ Tarik­ Jasare­vic­ said.

Whether­ car­ried­ by­ large­ droplet­sthat­ are­ pro­pelled­ through­ the­ air­ af­tera­ sneeze,­ or­ by­ much­ smaller­ ex­haled­droplets­ that­ may­ glide­ the­length­ of­ a­ room,­ the­ virus­ is­ bor­nethrough­ air­ and­ can­ in­fect­ peo­ple­when­ in­haled,­ the­ sci­en­tists­ said.

How­ever,­ the­ WHO­ said­ the­ ev­i­dence­for­ the­ virus­ be­ing­ air­borne­ is­not­ con­vinc­ing.­ “We­ con­sider­ air­bor­ne­trans­mis­sion­ as­ pos­si­ble­ but­ cer­tain­ly­not­ sup­ported­ by­ solid­ or­ even­ clearev­i­dence,”­ the­ WHO­ said.

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