Even as the COVID-19 cases continue to rise at a rapid pace across the globe, 239 experts have written to the WHO stating )with evidence) that smaller airborne particles containing coronavirus can infect people.
“Whether carried aloft 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, the coronavirus is borne through the air and can infect people when inhaled,” the Hindustan Times reported quoting a report from The New York Times.
Meanwhile, scientists from 32 countries have requested the UN?health agency to revise its recommendations.
“The airborne transmission is a significant factor in the pandemic, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment will be significant,” the Hindustan Times further reported quoting New York Times.
“Masks may be needed indoors, even in socially distant settings. Health care workers may need N95 masks that filter out even the smallest respiratory droplets as they care for coronavirus patients,” the report added.
The experts further said that ventilation systems in schools, nursing homes, residences and businesses may need to minimise re-circulating air.
“Powerful new filters need to be added and ultraviolet lights may be needed to kill particles floating indoors,” the experts added.