The World Health Organisation has acknowledged the evidence of airborne spread of Coronavirus, after a group of scientists guidance how the respiratory disease spread among people.
Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, was talking about the airborne and aerosol transmission of coronavirus.
WHO said, the virus spread is mainly through the droplets expelled from the infected person. In Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries show evidence that the floating virus particles will also affect the people when they breathe in.
These exhaled particles remain in the air and this has to be acknowledged by WHO said Jose Jimenez, a chemist at the University of Colorado who signed the paper. He also said in a telephonic interview, “This is not an attack against WHO, but this wasn’t acknowledged by WHO after many conversations and submitting evidence with them.
On Tuesday’s briefing in Geneva, Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said there is evidence for the airborne spread of coronavirus but its not decisive.
She also said, “The spread is especially in very specific conditions, crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings, however, it needs to be interpreted and we continue to support”.
Jimenez said, “If people hear about this airborne spread, health workers will refuse to go to the hospital and people will start buying N95 masks in huge amount and there won’t be any for developing countries”.
Van Kerkhove said, “WHO has to brief the modes of transmission of the virus to stop transmission. It includes not only physical distancing but also usage of masks in specific settings especially for healthcare workers”.
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