WHO Acknowledges 'Emerging Evidence' of COVID-19 Being Airborne

WHO looks into possibility of airborne coronavirus transmission

World Health Organization acknowledges "emerging evidence" that COVID-19 could be contracted through airborne transmission

This week, 239 researchers wrote an open letter to the World Health Organization, urging officials to accept the possibility that aerosols were an important contributor to the spread of the virus.

The United Nations agency had maintained that such airborne transmission occurred only during certain medical procedures and that almost all infections occur when people inhale respiratory droplets expelled in their immediate vicinity or when they touch contaminated surfaces.

In its latest description of how the virus is spread, the agency said transmission of the virus by aerosols may have been responsible for "outbreaks of COVID-19 reported in some closed settings, such as restaurants, nightclubs, places of worship or places of work where people may be shouting, talking or singing".

However, on Tuesday, the World Health Organization acknowledged for the first time that there was "evidence emerging" that the transmission of the coronavirus is airborne.

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Thursday's scientific brief also said respiratory droplets from infected individuals can also land on objects, creating fomites - contaminated surfaces.

"This virus case actually tends to spread through droplets, tiny droplets that can sustain longer in a room", said Yurianto on a live broadcast of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Friday, July 10.

The WHO will have no role within an independent panel, announced on Thursday, to review the global handling of pandemic, Harris said, adding: "From now on it is completely hands off".

However the World Health Organization mentioned extra analysis is "urgently wanted to research such cases and assess their significance for transmission of COVID-19".

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A passenger wearing a face mask travels on the Central line tube, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain June 15, 2020. "If this is airborne, it can impact people walking down the street", he said.

Dr Tedros said the pandemic is worsening and shows no signs of slowing in the hardest hit countries, the US, Brazil and India. However, there's a lot of research ongoing in this area, and evidence supports that transmission is predominantly through the droplets and prolonged contact.

There's also the possibility that there could be these smaller particles that come out of people's mouths when they talk, sing and engage in fitness activities.

New cases of Covid-19 are "accelerating" out of control across most of the world, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned. It includes the use of fabric masks in specific settings where you cannot do physical distancing, where you could have crowding and poor ventilation.

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At a briefing in Beijing, a foreign ministry spokesman confirmed the WHO team was on its way to China and said China had invited the investigation "to contribute to a more effective global epidemic response and global public health cooperation".

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