The confirmation comes from the WHO as there is emerging evidence that COVID-19 can be airborne. CNN reports that this comes after a publication of the letter on Monday signed by 239 scientists who wanted to caution about the possibility that people might catch the virus through air droplets.
In this regard, one of the WHO’s technical lead said that they discussed this matter with those scientists who signed it. She also added that there is emerging evidence in this field of COVID-19 like others and so they need be to open to this evidence. This will help us to understand the transmission of the virus and the necessary precautions that needed to be taken, she concluded. She also emphasized the need for further research on this matter.
While we have been exploring all the possibilities of transmission about the virus from the beginning. This remained as a dilemma for us because we all knew the virus was spreading at a rapid state. Now we know that agency is working on this information and we may expect results soon. One should also note that rising evidence doesn’t simply indicate we might end up surely into it. We should wait until the results come out.
In another article, CNN also emphasizes that health agencies should inform people about this airborne transmission. This is because people can spread the virus not only by direct contact, but also during basic activities like talking. Experts believe that agencies are still afraid to open up about the airborne transmission of the virus. This is solely because agencies think it will create panic among people and it will lead to forgetting to do other activities like social distancing and handwashing. But on the contrary, experts say that empowering people with knowledge of the only remedy will help us fight this battle.
These droplets can be generated from our noses and mouths, which are of varying sizes. The droplets can travel with different velocity and reach the lungs easily. But the significance of these droplets is still to be understood. Therefore, experts raise warnings about the need for precautions to prevent such aerosols.
One such precautionary measure that can help us tackle the situation is the presence of ventilation. Effective ventilation with airborne infection controls like infiltrations and UV lights can be done. Also, avoid overcrowding in public places. At this moment these precautionary measures will help. One can also set up CO2 monitors in their places to ensure good air refreshing rates so that ventilation is ensured.