- COVID-19 primarily spread from person to person via small droplets from nose or mouth said WHO
- Scientists are not claiming the deadly virus is airborne as well
- WHO said the evidence for the virus being airborne was not convincing
On Saturday, the New York Times reported that hundreds of scientists claim to have evidence proving the novel Coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are now asking the World Health Organisation (WHO) to revise the rules and guidelines for the pandemic.
The World Health Organisation said that the COVID-19 primarily spread person to person via the small droplets from the nose and mouth which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, speaks or sneezes.
In an open letter to the World Health agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal in the coming week, 239 scientists from 32 countries highlighted the evidence showing particles can infect people said the New York Times.
The WHO, however, has not commented on the same yet.
Whether Coronavirus is carried by large droplets which travels through air after a cough or sneeze or by much smaller exhaled droplets which could glide the length of an average room, the deadly virus is borne through the air and can infect people when inhaled said the scientists according to the New York Times.
The World Health Organisation, on the other hand, has earlier said that the evidence of COVID—19 being airborne was not convincing.
Dr Benedetta Allegranzi who is the technical lead of infection prevention and control at the World Health Organisation had said, “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,”.
Globally, the novel Coronavirus has infected more than 11.5 million people or 1.15 crore people and has claimed the lives of over 5 lakh people to date.