Taking a break from usual GE news, let’s not forget we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.
Community cases are rising ever so slightly and we have 26 new locations where COVID-19 patients have been.
Circuit Breaker measures can easily kick in again if our cases spike, so now is not the time to be complacent and think that our lives can be led normally once more – that really won’t be the case for quite a while.
But as we play it safe to buy time for the scientists to combat the virus, we have to wonder: What is the status on it?
A Is For Airborne
239 scientists from 32 countries have recently been sending evidence to the World Health Organisation (WHO) claiming that the COVID-19 is possibly airborne.
Reader A: Wait? Airborne? Sounds damn serious eh.
Reader B: Huh? I thought it’s always airborne? Can spread through coughs what.
Well, let me clear up the confusion.
Currently, WHO believes that COVID-19 can only spread through droplets in the air from people’s coughs and sneezes.
But an airborne virus can linger in the air as floating virus particles.
What Will Change?
If the COVID-19 virus is indeed confirmed to be airborne transmissible by WHO, our current social distancing guidelines will have to change.
Locations indoors, especially those with poor ventilation, would have to take extra precaution.
Masks have to be on at all times, ventilation systems need to be updated with adequate filters, and healthcare workers would have to use N95 masks to filter even the smallest particles.
For the average person like us, nothing will change too much in our daily routine as masks already have to be on at all times aside from eating/exercising, but we definitely need to be a lot more cautious and less complacent.
WHO Reviews Reports
WHO is currently reviewing the reports sent by the scientists, but due to their strict guidelines, it is not easy for them to change their stance on the properties of a virus.
Previously, when this issue was first surfaced, WHO says that they disagree with their findings.
“They’ll die defending their view,” an unidentified WHO consultant said.
There are also many other experts who think that WHO has a very outdated and overly rigid view on things such as scientific evidence and virus properties.
However, regardless of what WHO says, it never hurts to be safer as an average person in the community.
In the long run, it can only benefit us and allow us to put this pandemic behind us as soon as possible.
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