In a Letter to WHO, Researchers Claim Coronavirus is Airborne

Monday, July 6, 2020 - 10:47

A group of scientists have claimed that the novel coronavirus is airborne, meaning that it can linger in the air long enough and in enough quantity to infect others.

As reported by GIZMODO, a group of scientists will publish an open letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) in the coming days with an alarming claim: The novel coronavirus is airborne.

The letter, which was reported by the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, will also allegedly accuse the WHO of failing to issue appropriate warnings about the risk of contracting coronavirus via airborne transmission.

The scientists are calling on the United Nations health agency to revise its recommendations and plan to publish their letter in Clinical Infectious Diseases.

The letter has been signed by 239 researchers from 32 countries and includes experts in virology, aerosol physics, flow dynamics, exposure and epidemiology, medicine, and building engineering, according to a press release from the Queensland University of Technology.

In the letter, the scientists purportedly highlight multiple studies that they say demonstrate that aerosols can hang in the air for long periods of time and float dozens of feet. This makes poorly ventilated rooms, buses, and other confined spaces dangerous, even if people keep the recommended six feet of distance from one another.


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