AUCKLAND (Sachin Sharma): As the world continues to grapple with Coronavirus disease (COVID- 19) , which is finding new victims, hundreds of scientists have found that Coronavirus is airborne, and are calling World Health Organisation (WHO) to change its recommendations.
As many 239 scientists in 32 countries have written to the WHO outlining the evidence showing smaller particles in air can infect people and called the agency to revise its recommendations, reported the New York Times. The researchers plan to publish their letter in a scientific journal.
The WHO has long held that the COVID - 19 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.
Whether carried aloft 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, these experts said, the Coronavirus is borne through air and can infect people when inhaled.
However, the health agency said the evidence for the virus being airborne was not convincing, according to the New York Times.
"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 New York Times.