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WHO Looks Into Possibility of Airborne Coronavirus Transmission

By Kyodo News 9 July 2020

GENEVA—The World Health Organization said Tuesday it has been looking into the possibility that the novel coronavirus can be transmitted by small droplets that linger in the air—as opposed to direct transmission via heavier droplets emitted when an infected person coughs or sneezes—after international scientists urged the WHO to revise its guidelines for the virus.

A WHO official said at a press conference that the risk of airborne transmission cannot be totally ruled out, especially in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated indoor settings, adding the organization will continue to explore all potential infection routes.

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