- The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) conceded and acknowledged the aerosol transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) indoors
- The agency said that the airborne spread is “rare” and “possibly insignificant”
- The W.H.O. has officially acknowledged this new transmission after over 200 scientists warned about it
- Earlier, the agency also acknowledged that asymptomatic carriers can spread the coronavirus
The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has formally conceded and acknowledged that the coronavirus disease or COVID-19 could spread in indoor air.
KAMI learned that the W.H.O had this descried the airborne spread as “rare” and “possibly insignificant.”
In a report by the New York Times (authored by Apoorva Mandavilli), the W.H.O. mentioned that the deadly coronavirus may linger in the air of crowded indoor spaces.
“It is refreshing to see that WHO is now acknowledging that airborne transmission may occur, although it is clear that the evidence must clear a higher bar for this route compared to others,” Linsey Marr, an aerosol expert at Virginia Tech said.
In addition, the W.H.O. said that airborne transmission is only a concern when health care workers engage in certain medical procedures that produce aerosols.
The agency also emphasized that the COVID-19 still largely spread by larger droplets that are coughed or inhaled or by contact with a contaminated surface.
The coronavirus disease that was first reported in Wuhan, China has greatly affected the entire world that more than 12 million people have been infected by it.
Earlier, about 239 scientists claimed that breathing the air filled with coronavirus can infect a person in an indoor setup. The experts urged the W.H.O. to review its protocols.
While the Department of Health said in March that there was no proof yet that asymptomatic carriers could spread the disease, the W.H.O now also acknowledged its possibility.
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