While the world is struggling to cope with the terrible effects of the new coronavirus and the disease that it triggers, WHO seems to be boosting the pressure from experts about risk from aerosol transmission these days.
The Guardian reports that the WHO acknowledged new evidence that the coronavirus is spreading more widely in the air than it was previously suggested.
The US is withdrawing from the WHO
Meanwhile, the Trump administration gave the official notification of the withdrawal from this group. A day after a group of experts said that the global body was underplaying the risk of airborne transmission between people, a senior WHO official stated that there was “evidence emerging” of airborne transmission of the coronavirus. he also highlighted the fact that it was not definitive.
The online publication mentioned above notes that Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead for infection prevention and control, said the following at Geneva the other day: “…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.”
Floating particles can infect people
She continued and said, “However, the evidence needs to be gathered and interpreted, and we continue to support this.”
It’s been also revealed that the WHO previously said that the virus which is causing the COVID-19 disease is spreading mainly through small droplets that are expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person and these droplets can quickly sink to the ground.
Now, The Guardian revealed that recently experts outlined evidence showing the fact that the floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.
It seems that the smaller exhaled particles can linger in the air, and this is the reason for which the scientists in the group had been urging WHO to update its guidance.
Other than this, there are all kinds of debates about immunization taking place, and some even said that a vaccine could not turn out to be successful due to the lack of enough immunization in the US.