The owner of Regent Barber Alan Kelly (L), who wears PPE (personal protective equipment), a face mask or cover as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, is reflected in a mirror as he cuts a customer's hair he is also wearing a face covering in Dublin on June 29, 2020 as the lockdown measures are gradually eased.
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A group of 239 scientists from 32 different countries are reportedly preparing to publish an open letter to the World Health Organization in the coming days asking the United Nations Health Department to update its recommendations for the coronavirus.
The group of scientists argues that WHO needs to give more weight to the role of Covid-19 in the air, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
Experts are expected to publish the letter and the results that support their view in the medical journal on clinical infectious diseases this week.
It seems to contradict previous evidence that the virus is transmitted from person to person through droplets from the nose or mouth. These are expelled when a person with the infection coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
The current guidelines of the WHO state that the coronavirus is mainly transmitted between people via these breath droplets and contact. The health department has stated that it is therefore important to stay at least one meter away from others and to wash your hands regularly or to clean them with an alcohol-based hand massage.
However, the group of scientists is reported to provide evidence that smaller particles – which can travel much greater distances – can also infect humans.
A WHO spokesman told CNBC Monday that he was aware of the reported open letter, and the organization's technical experts are currently reviewing its content. It is "likely" that the report will be handled at the group's regular press conference on Monday, the spokesman added.
The WHO has previously stated that it will "continuously evaluate ongoing research into the spread of Covid-19 and continue to exchange updated results".
The authors of the letter argue that the virus is airborne and can infect people when inhaled, the New York Times reported whether large droplets after a sneeze or much smaller droplets that could slide down the length of the room into the Height.
They claim that their emerging evidence suggests that airborne transmission could be more important than WHO has previously recognized.
Airborne transmission is different from droplet transmission, according to the WHO in a scientific report on its website. It should be noted that airborne transmission refers to the presence of extremely small particles that remain in the air for long periods of time and can be transmitted to others over distances of more than one meter.
To date, nearly 11.5 million people worldwide have contracted Covid-19 with 534,460 deaths. This emerges from data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has by far the highest number of Covid-19 infections and deaths, with nearly 2.9 million cases and 129,947 deaths.