SCIENTISTS: COVID-19 IS AIRBORNE
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.