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by Oui on Wed Jul 8th, 2020 at 10:14:29 AM EST
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This was more than three months ago. Scientists are still learning about the coronavirus and knowledge keeps evolving.

WHO reviewing evidence that indicates COVID-19 is airborne

July 8 (UPI) -- The World Health Organization has acknowledged emerging evidence that indicates the coronavirus disease may be transmitted through the air.

During a news briefing on Tuesday, WHO health experts responded to an open letter signed by 239 scientists urging the U.N. body to recognize the potential for airborne spread of COVID-19 and to adopt measures to prevent such transmission.

Maria Van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and the WHO's technical lead for COVID-19, said health experts have been reviewing the evidence and discussing the possibility of airborne transmission of COVID-19 and have been working on a scientific brief summarizing their findings to be released in the coming days.

The WHO has said the disease is transferable through droplets, but that form of transmission is different from airborne transmission. Airborne transmission of COVID-19 is possible, the WHO said, under specific circumstances and settings, especially in healthcare facilities, in which procedures or treatments generate aerosols.

by Bernard on Wed Jul 8th, 2020 at 04:59:52 PM EST
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