WHO acknowledges theory of airborne transmission of Covid-19
The first report of the COVID-19 to be its airborne was published in April this year, but the WHO had so far been refusing to accept the theory.
Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged the possibility of the coronavirus spreading through the air for the first time, saying it would soon issue a revised scientific summary.
When asked about the news to be published in the New York Times at a routine press conference on Tuesday, WHO expert Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi said,
We acknowledge that there is emerging evidence in this field, as in all other fields regarding Covid-19 virus and pandemic. We believe that we have to be open to this evidence and understand its implications regarding the modes of transmission and also regarding the precautions that need to be taken.”
Report quoting 239 scientist
The New York Times has published a report quoting 239 scientists as saying that the virus of COVID-19 is spreading through the air. Such a report was first published in April, but the WHO had so far avoided accepting the theory.
World Health Organization’s COVID-19 expert Dr. Maria Van Kerkhov said that the WHO has been working on the coronavirus for its possibility to be airborne for several weeks now. She further said:
We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the transmission mode of Covid-19, as well as droplets. We are producing a scientific brief and summarizing where we are.”
Experts’ China visit
Meanwhile, a team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) is visiting China later this week to find out the true origin of the virus. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus:
All preparations have been finalized and WHO experts will be traveling to China this weekend to prepare scientific plans with their Chinese counterparts for identifying the zoonotic source of the disease.”
He said that the team of experts would identify the scope of international mission work led by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of this mission is to create a greater understanding of the organisms in which viruses are found naturally. Also, an attempt will be made to understand how the virus transferred from other organisms into humans.