Although WHO accepts this ‘emerging evidence’. The organization still stands with science proven claims that these mass infections results from the large droplets of secretions through coughing and sneezing.
Another fact worth noting is that asymptomatic COVID patients can still infect other people, as opposed to the early notion that only people with symptoms can.
For example, if you enter a room that an asymptomatic person has recently been in, there is a possibility that everyone in the room might carry the virus as well.
With these discoveries, the WHO is still encouraging everyone around the world to follow strict health protocols to prevent further rise in COVID cases and casualties.
How can you further protect yourself from COVID-19?
Now that the WHO considers that coronavirus can remain airborne in certain instances, there are safety measures that you can take to protect yourself.
Staying at home
Refrain from going outdoors as much as possible, if there is nothing important that you need to accomplish outside the comfort of your home. Avoid crowded places to prevent close-contact transmission or aerosol transmission as coronavirus can remain airborne.
Preventing yourself from touching your face
Avoid touching your face when you are outside or if you are aware that you haven’t washed your hands yet. Your hands can transfer the virus from things you touched to your face. Touching your eyes, nose and mouth can be a gateway for the coronavirus to get in your body.
Following strict social/physical distancing protocols
The WHO endorses that a person must distance oneself for at least 1 meter from people who aren’t part of the household.
Following these preventive actions is a must when having guests at home or going out in public.
Observing good hygiene
- Washing your hands. Always make sure that you wash your hand before and after touching anything. This will ensure that you don’t transfer or acquire the virus whenever you touch your face and other people or things around you. Wash your hands and scrub it for about 20 seconds before rinsing. Singing or humming the ‘happy birthday song’ twice is the perfect duration of the handwashing process.
- Using alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. It is best to keep a bottle of alcohol or hand sanitizer with you at all times. If water and soap are not accessible, these will help you keep your hands clean until you get home. Remember to use a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer or 70% isopropyl alcohol in keeping your hands clean.
- Bathing/showering once you get home. Keep in mind that being outside during the pandemic is dangerous not only for you but also for people in your household.
Now that the WHO concedes that the novel-coronavirus can remain airborne indoors, there is a great possibility that coronavirus particles can be carried by anyone, anywhere at any time.