WHO alert on airborne spread of virus
Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II – Health issue; Role of international organizations
- After earlier denials, the WHO now said there is evidence emerging of the airborne transmission of the coronavirus.
- WHO indicated that the virus may be airborne, after over 230 scientists across the world urged the global body to update its guidance.
Note: From the image below, try to know the difference between Droplet Transmission and Airborne Transmission
Airborne transmission is defined as the spread of an infectious agent caused by the dissemination of droplet nuclei or aerosols that remain infectious when suspended in air over long distances and time. Aerosols are less than 5 micrometers or five-thousandth of a millimetre in size.
Do you know?
- WHO has set up an Independent panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response – which will be headed by former New Zealand Prime Minister and former Liberian president.
- The panel will probe WHO’s virus response.