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The WHO acknowledges COVID-19 airborne transmission

An exercise gym in Los Angeles Associated Press/Photo by Jae C. Hong

The WHO acknowledges COVID-19 airborne transmission

The World Health Organization changed its tune this week on several aspects of how the coronavirus spreads. At the urging of more than 200 scientists, the global health agency said on Thursday that the coronavirus can survive in the air in certain indoor settings. It also noted that people without symptoms can transmit COVID-19 to others.

What changed? The agency had previously downplayed both possibilities. But in its newest statement, it said studies on outbreaks in restaurants, choir practices, and fitness centers suggested airborne transmission “particularly in specific indoor locations, such as crowded and inadequately ventilated spaces over a prolonged period of time with infected persons cannot be ruled out.”

Dig deeper: Read June Cheng’s report about China’s growing influence over the WHO.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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I feel like I'm living in a movie like Outbreak. At least in the real world, God's in control! In the long run, I want governments to tell the truth about how best to protect ourselves and those we love.  This whole back-and-forth is taking away their own trustworthiness. 

Steve Shive

What a worthless piece of information.