WHO acknowledges ’emerging evidence’ of airborne spread of coronavirus

WHO acknowledges 'emerging evidence' of airborne spread of coronavirus

The WHO on Tuesday said there was “evidence emerging” of airborne spread of the coronavirus following a letter from scientists urging the group to update its guidance on the spread of the virus.

“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.

This comes after 39 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that they say shows floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in.

Officials report more than 11.6 million cases of the virus worldwide and nearly 540,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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