World Health Organization experts head to China for prelude to coronavirus probe

WHO looks into possibility of airborne coronavirus transmission

World Health Organization acknowledges "emerging evidence" that COVID-19 could be contracted through airborne transmission

The report comes just times after the publication of a letter Monday signed by 239 researchers that urged the company to be much more forthcoming about the chance that persons can catch the virus from droplets floating in the air.

Based on its evaluation of the evidence, World Health Organization stated the coronavirus that brings about Covid-19 spreads by way of get in touch with with contaminated surfaces or close speak to with infected men and women who distribute the virus by means of saliva, respiratory secretions or droplets launched when a person coughs, sneezes, speaks or sings.

COVID-19 - the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), often simply referred to as the coronavirus - is transmitted person to person via airborne droplets.

An advance team from the World Health Organization (WHO) has left for China to organise an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus which sparked the global pandemic, a spokeswoman said on Friday.

Privately, top WHO leaders complained in meetings the week of January 6 - days after the first case was detected - that China was not sharing enough data to assess how effectively the virus spread between people or what risk it posed to the rest of the world, costing valuable time. She said it has always been assumed the virus originated in a bat, but they would like to know if it went through another, intermediary species.

He added that most countries are yet to put the virus under control, indicating that the greatest threat was not the virus itself, but lack of leadership in dealing with it.

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However, health experts say the true extent of the virus's spread in India is unknown.

Although aerosols may have some contributions toward the spread, the amount it contributes to the spread is still subject to further research since it is also still unclear how long the virus lingers in the air, how far it travels, and how commonly it spreads this way.

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Changing tack, Tedros sounded another warning, saying that the Covid-19 crisis had raised questions about humanity's vulnerability to other threats.

She said the pair would go through available material and "fine it down to what we can get the maximum benefit out of this". They pointed to the risk of infection not only through large droplets but also smaller particles lingering in stagnant air.

"Recent clinical reports of health workers exposed to Covid-19 index cases, not in the presence of aerosol-generating procedures, found no nosocomial transmission when contact and droplet precautions were appropriately used, including the wearing of medical masks as a component of the personal protective equipment (PPE)", WHO said. "We don't say it doesn't happen".

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