Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that the novel coronavirus can infect humans in tiny particles of air and have called on the World Health Organization (WHO) to reconsider its recommendations, the New York Times reported Saturday.
The WHO says the coronavirus disease is spread from person to person through small drops in the nose or mouth, which is expelled by coughing, sneezing or talking with COVD-19.
In an open letter from the agency to researchers to plan for publication in a scientific journal next week, 239 scientists from 32 countries cited their evidence that humans could be infected by tiny particles, NYT reported.
The WHO did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
Is the virus carried by large droplets?
According to the NYT, the coronavirus is transmitted through the air and can infect people with respiratory problems, whether carried by the air after sneezing or by many small breathing drops that can brighten the length of the room or zoom in, the scientists said. According to NYT.
But the health agency said the evidence that the virus was airborne was not credible, NYT said.
“Especially in the last few months, we have said several times that we consider airborne infections as possible but certainly cannot be supported by strong or even clear evidence,” said Dr. Benedita Algranzi, WHO’s technical leader in infection prevention and control. Quoted by NYT