(Reuters) – Has coronavirus gone airborne? Could this explain how many people are contracting the virus without any know physical contact with infected carriers? According to a new report from the Reuters, The World Health Organization has now come out and acknowledged that “evidence is emerging” of the airborne spread of Covid19.
This comes after a group of scientists recently urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people. The report stated:” “We have been talking about the possibility of airborne transmission and aerosol transmission as one of the modes of transmission of COVID-19,” Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic at the WHO, told a news briefing. Previously, The WHO stated that the virus spreads primarily through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person that quickly fall to the ground.
However, in an open letter to the Geneva-based agency, published on Monday in the Clinical Infectious Diseases journal, 239 scientists in 32 countries have come out to outline evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.
Meanwhile, as cases of the virus continue to spike across the country, one infectious disease expert has come out warning that the wave of outbreaks is “getting out of control,” as economies and businesses reopen and some states see social distancing standards relax. The warning comes as many states across the country mandate masks and begins to shut down again.
According to a recent report from MSN, ” Arizona and Nevada have reported their highest numbers of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in recent days. The seven-day averages in 12 states hit new highs, with the biggest increases in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Montana. The country’s rolling seven-day average of daily new cases hit a record high Monday — the 28th record-setting day in a row.”