Coronavirus Can Still Be Brought Under Control, Says WHO Chief
Jul 12 2020
The change in stance came after over 200 experts earlier this week signed an open letter to the World Health Organization urging it to revisit its guidelines.
New cases of Covid-19 are "accelerating" out of control across most of the world, the head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.
Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, whose agency is facing a USA pullout following Trump administration complaints about its early handling of the virus emergency, announced the appointments to the newly created Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.
"Aerosol transmission is one of the modes of transmission that we have been concerned about since the beginning, particularly in healthcare settings. where we know these droplets can be aerosolised - which means can stay in the air longer", she said. The agency continues to primarily focus on the role played by larger droplets that are coughed or inhaled, or by contact with a contaminated surface.
The agency said some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested the possibility of aerosol transmission, combined with droplet transmission, such as during choir practice, in restaurants or in fitness classes.
"This will help lay the groundwork for the WHO-led global mission into finding the origins", he said. "The possibility of airborne transmission in public settings - especially in very specific conditions, crowded, closed, poorly ventilated settings that have been described, can not be ruled out", she had said.
The WHO also recognised the importance of asymptomatic people spreading Covid-19.
Scientists and the U.S. intelligence agencies have said the virus emerged in nature.
Brazil reported almost 45,000 new cases and in other South American countries, like Bolivia and Venezuela, the numbers continue to climb.
The United States has the highest caseload and deaths in the World, with over 3 million coronavirus cases and more than 130,000 fatalities recorded so far.
He said the Coronavirus cases were increasing drastically, with nearly 12million confirmed infections since the pandemic first began in China back in December. Tuberculosis, chickenpox and measles are other diseases that are known to spread through airborne transmission.
WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus has warned coronavirus is accelerating out of control globally.
He added, however, "I think it's a reasonable assumption that it does occur". The WHO defended the stance saying that there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. "To be able to see if we can mitigate against that".