The World Health Organization ( WHO ) has indicated this Tuesday that experts do not rule out the possibility that the coronavirus is transmitted by air. Although it has stressed that for now it maintains the prevention measures already recommended.
Possible route of air transmission Coronavirus:
“On the possible route of air transmission, there is new evidence. But not definitive, and that possibility is seen especially in very specific conditions. Such as places with many people and little ventilation. Explained Benedetta Allegranzi, belonging to the Global Prevention Unit of WHO infections.
Allegranzi has responded in this way to the letter published Monday in The New York Times by 239 scientists. In which they asked the WHO to take more seriously the hypothesis about an aerial transmission of the coronavirus. And stress that the standards of social distance against COVID-19 were insufficient.
The expert added that the WHO continues to recommend avoiding meetings in closed places. In addition to maintaining adequate ventilation conditions, social distancing. And the use of masks when the latter is difficult.
They continue studying other means of transmission:
The head of the WHO Department of Emerging Diseases, Maria Van Kerkhove, has assured that many of the signatories to the letter in The New York Times are experts with whom the Geneva-based organization has already been collaborating for several months.
We have had a relationship with this group of scientists since April. Through different networks and we welcome collaboration with scientists from around the world.
In addition, he added that many of the signatories are engineers, whose contribution can be very important especially in the adoption of enclosure ventilation measures.
Although the WHO considers that the main means of transmission of the coronavirus is through small drops (expelled by the patients. For example, when coughing or sneezing), Van Kerkhove has clarified that other means of transmission are still being studied, including animals to humans and mothers to children in pregnancy. ( Source )