The New York Times reported on Saturday that the novel coronavirus might infect people even when in open spaces. In addition to this, scientists suggest that the virus is airborne, this capacity being even more infectious. This is not the first time for scientists to insist on this capacity of the novel COVID-19, given the fact that this theory has been present for the past months.
Hundreds of scientists are warning that this discovery might bring a second wave of COVID-19 cases and are calling for the World Health Organization, hoping for a new set of recommendations. But is there any response to the world’s most prominent health organization?
According to then, the virus usually spreads from one person to another, only when small droplets coming from the mouth or nose are involved. Therefore, one patient can infect another through coughs, sneezes, or even speaks.
An open letter signed by 239 scientists from 32 different countries comes to contradict this belief demonstrates that smaller particles can be enough to infect people. It is there that they implement the theory of COVID-119 being airborne and warning that, if there is no immediate action, the results can be catastrophic.
While the researchers are planning on publishing a scientific journal during the following week, the World Health Organization did not offer any proper response to these findings. According to the New York Times, regardless of the size of the droplet, when the virus is carried in an area, it can infect others while inhaling.
In light of the recent findings, a couple of health agencies have taken sides, stating that there is not enough information to demonstrate that the virus is airborne. Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, technical leader of the Infection Prevention and Control at the World Health Organization, has declared that the findings that resulted in the last couple of months are not supported by clear nor substantial evidence.