WHO Reveals Findings That The Coronavirus May Now Be Airborne
Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for the pandemic, said during a briefing on Tuesday that there was developing proof of airborne transmission of the virus. However, she noted it was not complete.
“We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field, as in all other fields regarding the Covid-19 virus and pandemic. Therefore, we believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission. Also, regarding the precautions that need to be taken.” Alleganzi said.
“The possibility of airborne transmission in public settings — especially in very specific conditions, crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings that have been described — cannot be ruled out.” she proceeded.
“However, the evidence needs to be gathered and interpreted, and we continue to support this.”
Maria Van Kerkhove, another technical lead, said the agency would issue a brief summing up all the data they have on methods of transmission.
“We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of Covid-19, as well as droplet. We’ve looked at fomites. We’ve looked at fecal oral. Also, We’ve looked at mother to child. We’ve looked at animal to human, of course as well,” Van Kerkove said.
Stay tuned for updates. Also, stay safe and practice social distancing.