WHO Takes Airborne Precautions

The World Health Organization (WHO) is contemplating “airborne precautions” for medical workers after a new report shows that the coronavirus can survive in the air in specific settings. The coronavirus can thrive airborne, remaining hovering in the air varying on factors such as ‘heat and humidity’, WHO officials said.

The virus is transmitted through droplets, or little bits of liquid, mostly through sneezing or coughing, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, told reporters during a virtual news conference on Monday. “When you do an aerosol-generating procedure like in a medical care facility, you have the possibility to what we call 'aerosolize' these particles, which means they can stay in the air a little bit longer. It’s very important that health-care workers take additional precautions when they’re working on patients and doing those procedures,” Dr. Kekhove added.

WHO experts claim the respiratory disease spreads via human-to-human interaction. The virus can also spread through droplets carried with ‘sneezing and coughing’ and ‘germs left on inanimate objects’.

Dr. Kerkhove asserts that health execs are mindful of several studies, looking at the various environmental situations that COVID-19 can endure. Researchers are precisely observing how ‘humidity, temperature and ultraviolet lighting’ disturbs the virus, as well as how long it lives on diverse surfaces, including steel and wood.

By Elene Dzebisashvili

24 March 2020 18:05