Is Covid19 becoming airborne:

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  • 239 scientists from 32 countries have warned that Coronavirus has a great risk for the airborne spread and WHO needs to revise guidelines.
  • If the airborne transmission is a significant factor, especially in crowded spaces with poor ventilation, the consequences for containment will be significant.
  • According to current evidence and as per WHO, Covid-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets and contact routes.
  • Airborne transmission means a person can contract the disease by breathing in the infected air as the tiny pathogens stay suspended in the air. 
  • Some of the most common examples of airborne diseases include chickenpox virus, influenza virus, norovirus, and adenovirus.

 

Things to keep in mind if Coronavirus is airborne:

  • Face-coverings and face-masks may be made mandatory even while practicing social distancing, especially indoors or in crowded areas
  • Large social gatherings to be avoided
  • Proper ventilation and minimizing the recirculation of air may be needed at offices, educational institutes, and hospital settings
  • Usage of ultraviolet lights to kill aerosols suspended in the air in closed settings
  • Physical distancing and washing hands is still very important
  • Health care workers may all need to wear N95 masks
  • When indoors, one simple thing people can do is to open their windows and doors whenever possible

Source: Indian Express

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