The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledged this Tuesday, July 7 that “evidence” of air transmission of COVID-19, after a group of 239 international scientists alerted to this possible form of contagion.
“We recognize that evidence is emerging in this regard and therefore we must remain open to this possibility and its implications, as well as the precautions to be taken,” said Benedetta Allegranzi, a WHO official at a telematic press conference.
In an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, scientists from 32 countries highlighted evidence that they believe shows that smaller exhaled particles can infect COVID-19 in people who inhale them through the air, he said. The New York Times on Saturday, July 4, 2020.
Because those tiny particles can stay in the air longer, scientists – who plan to publish their findings in a specialized journal this week – are urging the WHO to update their guidelines, the newspaper said.
Any change in the evaluation of the WHO on the risk of transmission of the coronavirus It could affect your current advice on keeping a meter of physical distance.
COVID-19 pandemic continues to accelerate
For his part, the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stressed that the pandemic is accelerating, as shown by the increasing number of daily cases, although its lethality has stabilized, since “many countries have managed to reduce the number of deaths”.
“It took 12 weeks (the first three months of 2019) to reach 400,000 cases of COVID-19, and just last weekend there were already the same number of new cases in the world,” exemplified Tedros at a press conference.
The figures, he added, show that “the peak of the pandemic has clearly not been reached”, with a current rate of about 200,000 new infections per day, although “the number of deaths seems to have stabilized worldwide”, around 5,000 deaths reported daily since early May.
With information from DW