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The WHO acknowledges COVID-19 airborne transmission

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/10/20, 03:16 pm

The World Health Organization changed its tune this week on several aspects of how the coronavirus spreads. At the urging of more than 200 scientists, the global health agency said on Thursday that the coronavirus can survive in the air in certain indoor settings. It also noted that people without symptoms can transmit COVID-19 to others.

What changed? The agency had previously downplayed both possibilities. But in its newest statement, it said studies on outbreaks in restaurants, choir practices, and fitness centers suggested airborne transmission “particularly in specific indoor locations, such as crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces over a prolonged period of time with infected persons cannot be ruled out.”

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report about China’s growing influence over the WHO.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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  • Steve Shive
    Posted: Sun, 07/12/2020 04:34 am

    What a worthless piece of information.

  • OlderMom
    Posted: Mon, 07/13/2020 02:29 pm

    After months of coronavirus, "experts" still don't know how it is transmitted or what we should do about it, until told what to do by a gang of scientists? I'm not even saying the scientists are wrong, just that there are more than 200 scientists in the world, and they come in all types and levels of ability, and we keep reading "scientists say X" one week and "scientists say not-X" the next week. Looks to me like most of my friends and acquaintances aren't even bothering to listen anymore except when officials tell them to do something irritating which they weren't told to do the previous week. And even then, everyone's just too tired to be outraged.

  • not silent
    Posted: Tue, 07/14/2020 01:00 pm

    I think what people don't realize about COVID is that it is a completely new virus.  That means that we started out knowing basically NOTHING about it. Naturally, there has been a learning curve about it in ALL the experts.

    I also think we, in America, are used to having access to information about things instantly; but that is not possible in a rapidly changing situation like this.  The fact that politics has been interjected into much of the information we HAVE gotten has only made things worse.

    I'm in healthcare, and I've also been a patient; and doctors and scientists don't know everything.  Even with well-established conditions, someone may uncover new information which changes how the condition is managed. Expecting scientists or experts to get everything right about a completely new virus IMMEDIATELY is unrealistic.  Expecting them never to change their guidelines about it is unrealistic.  Expecting not to be inconvenieced, frustrated, and made exhausted by a global pandemic is also unrealistic.     

  •  JenniMiki70's picture
    Posted: Wed, 07/15/2020 11:33 am

    I feel like I'm living in a movie like Outbreak. At least in the real world, God's in control! In the long run, I want governments to tell the truth about how best to protect ourselves and those we love.  This whole back-and-forth is taking away their own trustworthiness.