(TELESUR) – More than 200 scientists from 30 countries have warned about this way of contagion.
During a news briefing Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 Technical Lead at the WHO, said that the institution has been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of contagion of COVID-19.
However, the United Nation’s organization would publish a scientific brief summarising the state of knowledge on modes of transmission of the virus in the coming days.
The announcement comes in the wake of a letter published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, signed by 239 scientists from over 30 countries and co-written by a WHO consultant, which alerts that there is a serious risk of contracting the COVID-19 by inhaling tiny respiratory droplets that can linger in the air.
So far, the WHO had explained that the coronavirus is primarily spread by droplets from someone who is coughing, sneezing, or even talking within a few feet away, but the recent announcement opens up the possibility that people can get the virus through particles suspended in the air.