COVID-19 infections growing exponentially, deaths near 50,000

"These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air.

The study suggests that COVID-19 patients, even those who are only mildly ill, may create aerosols of virus and contaminate surfaces that may pose a risk for transmission", says the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

This revelation comes soon after scientists from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and the Wuhan Institute of Virology of the Chinese Academy of Science reported that they have discovered virus genetic material in stool samples and rectal swabs from some patients, suggesting that the COVID19 may also potentially transmit via the digestive tract.

A pathogen is considered "airborne" if it can spread via smaller particles which can remain in the air for long periods of time.

There may be some proof that COVID-19 an infection might result in intestinal an infection and be current in faeces. SARS-CoV-2 is the name of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Exactly how the disease is transmitted is still being clarified by scientists. These initial findings need to be interpreted carefully.

"This is still a very new virus, and we are learning all the time". This is a high-powered machine that does not reflect normal human cough conditions. In addition, it is important to note that the detection of RNA in environmental samples based on PCR-based assays is not indicative of viable virus that could be transmissible.

Last month, the World Health Organization also stated in a report (pdf) that airborne spread has not been reported for COVID-19, adding, "It is not believed to be a major driver of transmission based on available evidence". These recommendations are consistent with other national and global guidelines, including those developed by the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and Society of Critical Care Medicine and those now used in Australia, Canada, and United Kingdom.

They said the study's findings indicate the disease might be spread though both direct (droplet and person-to-person) as well as indirect contact (contaminated objects and airborne transmission).

Dr Ghebreyesus said WHO's priority was for frontline health workers to be able to access personal protective equipment (PPE), including medical masks and respirators.

World Health Organization additionally recommends employees coaching on these suggestions, in addition to the satisfactory procurement and availability of the required PPE and different provides and amenities.

"To protect yourself, keep at least one meter distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently", it added.

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