Here’s why many scientists are now saying that covid-19 is airborne

Wearing a face mask is now all the more important as the scientific community believes that the coronavirus is airborne.
An asthmatic and a non asthmatic person are equally at risk of the disease. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Team Health Shots Published: 6 Jul 2020, 11:07 am IST
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If you have started going to the office and hitting malls, then we want to give you a heads-up. Not one nor two, but 239 experts from all across the globe have made a revelation about covid-19 which is sending shockwaves among the people. According to their claim, coronavirus is airborne.

Scientists want WHO to revise their recommendations on covid-19
Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organisation to revise their recommendations.

The WHO has always maintained that SARS-CoV-2 disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with covid-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks.

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You mustn’t step out of your home without a mask, EVER! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists from 32 countries outlined the evidence showing how smaller particles can infect people.

“We have this notion that airborne transmission means droplets hanging in the air capable of infecting you many hours later, drifting down streets, through letter boxes and finding their way into homes everywhere,” says Dr Bill Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

So basically, if you are in the same space as a covid-19 positive person then you are at high risk, even if you are maintaining social distancing. 

The scientists say that whether the virus is 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 the air and can infect people when inhaled.

That said, according to many health agencies, including the WHO, the proof of coronavirus being an air-borne disease are not convincing enough.

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“Especially in the last couple of months, we have stated 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 New York Times.

Take all the precautions, that’s the best you can do
WHO and CDC have been suggesting wearing a mask, gloves, and goggles, washing your hands, and maintaining social distancing. Because these are the keys to beating this virus, especially when you are in a public place. So, abide by them and stay away from this stubborn virus.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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