[Newsphopick=Gyubin Lee] The World Health Organization on Thursday released a new scientific report detailing how the coronavirus can pass from one person to the next -- including through the air during certain medical procedures, and possibly through the air in crowded indoor spaces.
The report says that "to the best of our understanding," the virus is primarily spread through contact and respiratory droplets, but there are still many unanswered questions around airborne transmission, and "more studies are urgently needed."
The report comes just days after the publication of a letter Monday signed by 239 scientists that urged the agency to be more forthcoming about the likelihood that people can catch the virus from droplets floating in the air.
"Airborne transmission of the virus can occur in health care settings where specific medical procedures, called aerosol-generating procedures, generate very small droplets called aerosols. Some outbreak reports related to indoor crowded spaces have suggested the possibility of aerosol transmission, combined with droplet transmission, for example, during choir practice, in restaurants or in fitness classes," the new WHO report said about the coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2.