Potential COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

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More evidence has been found that COVID-19 could potentially have airborne transmission properties.  Professor Benjamin Cowling of Hong Kong University says, “In healthcare settings, if aerosol transmission poses a risk then we understand healthcare workers should really be wearing the best possible preventive equipment… and actually the World Health Organization said that one of the reasons they were not keen to talk about aerosol transmission of Covid-19 is because there’s not a sufficient number of these kind of specialized masks for many parts of the world.”

The World Health Organization has said that evidence of airborne transmission is preliminary and need more research to confirm whether or not it is substantial.  For a long time now the WHO has said that droplets from sneezing and coughing was the main mode of transmission – droplets that land on surfaces or other people, rather than aerosols that linger in the air.  Nearly 240 scientists from over 30 countries however say there is also “strong evidence to suggest the virus can also spread in the air: through much tinier particles that float around for hours after people talk, or breathe out.”

The WHO admitted yesterday there is evidence for that, and they believe it will need to be thoroughly investigated. 

if this evidence is confirmed expect to see more widespread use of masks, and stronger approaches to social distancing mandated.  This is a developing story and we will check back with an update soon.  Be sure to visit the ABN blog often for more updates.

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