GENEVA — The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) has clarified, dismissing a message spreading on social media that “COVID-19 is airborne”.
A statement shared on its website on Monday March 30, the United Nation’s health body said these droplets are too heavy to hang in the air.
“They quickly fall on floors or surfaces,” WHO noted adding that “You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 meter of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands”.
The WHO urged everyone to protect themselves, keep at least 1 meter distance from others and disinfect surfaces that are touched frequently.
“Regularly clean your hands thoroughly and avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose,” added WHO.
Authorities urged everyone to verify the facts before sharing to stop misinformation.