Scientists Claim Corona Is Airborne, Ask WHO To Revise Rules

Researchers from 32 countries have claimed that the virus spreads through air.

Scientists Claim Corona Is Airborne, Ask WHO To Revise Rules

239 scientists from 32 countries have claimed that COVID-19 is an airborne virus. They have further urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to implement measures and revise their rules. These claims have created an atmosphere of concern around the world. Further, the scientists have claimed that the virus can be spread through the air and said to have found evidence of this. They have also alleged that the WHO is not serious about this showing little to no acknowledgement to the situation.

The scientists have urged WHO to change their guidelines regarding the virus as up until now, the WHO had claimed that the virus does not spread through the air. According to the WHO, coronavirus 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 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, coronavirus is borne through the air and can infect people when inhaled, said the scientists, according to the New York Times. But the WHO said in a statement to the New York Times that the evidence provided by the researchers were insignificant. 

Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO’s technical lead of infection prevention and control, said to the NYT, “ 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."

Currently, the matter of the deadly virus being airborne is unclear. Only more research over a period of time will tell us. While recently some countries have eased their lockdown rules and are slowly returning to normalcy, India is currently the third worst-hit country in the world with more than 6.5 lakh confirmed cases.