The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that the message spreading via social media that Coronavirus (COVID-19) is NOT airborne.
The WHO headquarters in Geneva clarified this in its official twitter account @WHO at the weekend.
The agency said the virus that causes COVID-19 was mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
“These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces.
“You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within one meter of a person who has COVID-19.
“You can be infected by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth before washing your hands.’’
The world health body, however, advised people to protect themselves by practicing physical distancing.
“To protect yourself, keep at least one-meter distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently.
“Regularly clean your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.’’
As per the agency, drinking alcohol doesn’t secure individuals against COVID-19 and can be risky.
“Frequent or excessive alcohol consumption can increase your risk of health problems,” WHO cautioned.
FACT: #COVID19 is NOT airborne.
The #coronavirus is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes or speaks.
To protect yourself:
-keep 1m distance from others
-disinfect surfaces frequently
-wash/rub your 👐
-avoid touching your 👀👃👄 pic.twitter.com/fpkcpHAJx7
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 28, 2020
FACT: Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the #coronavirus disease or any other lung disease.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 29, 2020