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WHO Suspects That Covid-19 Could Be Airborne

WHO Suspects That Covid-19 Could Be Airborne

Akmal Hakim

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating evidence that the Covid-19 virus could be airborne.

The medical community has identified that the SARS-CoV-2 or the Covid-19 virus could possibly be transmitted through air particles in indoor settings such as restaurants, gyms, and other crowded spaces with poor ventilation.

It’s a widely accepted notion that the coronavirus is spread through direct or indirect contact transmissions – whereby infections are passed on through close contact exposure with an infected person’s bodily secretions or droplets; like saliva and respiratory fluids when we cough, sneeze or even talk, or through touching objects or surfaces that have been contaminated by the virus.

This is exactly why social distancing, the use of face masks, and hygiene practices have been critically advocated in the fight against Covid-19.

Direct and indirect contact transmission of Covid-19.
(WHO)

But now, experts argue that Covid-19 could also be transmitted from person to person through tiny microscopic droplets or aerosols that floats and last longer in the air.

The WHO is currently assessing this new piece of evidence that could possibly lead to a change in our Covid-19 guidelines.

Unlike droplets that are heavier and can’t travel much distance, aerosols can stay suspended in air over long distances and time.
(ISN)

Meanwhile, in response to statements from the WHO, the Malaysian Health Ministry wants the public to continue practicing social distancing and hygiene measures even if Covid-19 was airborne.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah explained that Malaysian standard operating procedures (SOP) in response to the pandemic had proven effective at combating the virus and breaking the chain of infections.

As of July 9, Malaysia has been able to maintain zero new cases of Covid-19 infection among the local population with only 63 active cases remaining.


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