Scientists claim coronavirus is airborne, want WHO to revise rules
Scientists have claimed that coronavirus is airborne and asked the World Health Organisation (WHO) to revise its recommendations and guidelines. 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.
However, the new finding by scientists has raised the concern surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, which has already killed more than 5.3 lakh people and infected over 11 million.
"Evidence not convincing"
The WHO, however, said that the evidence presented before it to support the claim that the virus is airborne was no convincing.
"Especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence," Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO's technical lead of infection prevention and control, was quoted as saying by the NYT.
(With inputs from agencies)
Posted By: Shashikant Sharma