Coronavirus global peak yet to come, says WHO, acknowledges 'evidence emerging' of airborne spread
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday said that the coronavirus pandemic hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and that the global peak of the contagious Covid-19 is yet to come.
"The outbreak is accelerating and we've clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a virtual press conference.
The World Health Organization also took note of the submissions by a group of 239 international scientists who claimed that the virus is airborne and asked the WHO to revise its rules and recommendations.
"We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field... therefore we believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications," the WHO's Professor Benedetta Allegranzi said.
Earlier on Monday, a group of 239 scientists from 32 countries claimed that coronavirus is airbrone and could spread far beyond two meters. According to a report published by the New York Times, 239 scientists from 32 countries have written an open letter to the WHO outlining the evidence showing smaller particles in the air can infect people.
"Whether carried by large droplets that zoom through the air after a sneeze, or by much smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled," the scientists, according to the NYT, said.
As per the WHO's current guidelines, coronavirus is not airborne and spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets. These droplets are expelled when a coronavirus infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. When a person inhales those droplets, the virus inters his body and infects him.
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma