1. WHO Finally Acknowledges Possibility of COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

    WHO Finally Acknowledges Possibility of COVID-19 Airborne Transmission

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday heeded calls from more than 200 scientists, who urged the global health authority to acknowledge that COVID-19 may spread by air.

    Previously, the WHO said contact with large respiratory droplets, like those expelled in a sick person’s cough or sneeze, appeared to be the primary way COVID-19 spreads. But in a highly publicized letter published earlier this week, a large group of scientists argued the WHO’s guidance neglected to adequately address another important route of transmission: inhaling tiny respiratory particles generated by a sick person, which can remain suspended in the air indoors for hours.

    In a scientific brief published Thursday, the WHO allowed that “short-range aerosol transmission, particularly in specific ...

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