Published On: Mon, Mar 23rd, 2020

Novel coronavirus doesn’t spread airborne: WHO

New Delhi: The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) South-East Asia office on Monday said that the novel coronavirus doesn’t spread airborne.

Dr Poonam Khetarpal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Southeast Asia

However, there has been a reported possibility of aerosol transmission in a relatively closed environment with prolonged exposure.

The statement released by the WHO office says: “Airborne spread hasn’t been reported for #COVID19. Chinese authorities reported the possibility of aerosol transmission in a relatively closed environment with prolonged exposure like ICUs-CCUs in hospitals, but more epid data analysis is needed to understand this.”

Dr Poonam Khetarpal Singh, Regional Director, WHO Southeast Asia, said: “Airborne spread has not been reported for COVID-19. Based on the information received so far and on our experience with other coronaviruses, COVID-19 appears to mostly spread through respiratory droplets (for instance when a sick person coughs) and close contact. This is WHO recommends hand and respiratory hygiene.”

ANI

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