Coronavirus seems to be the gift that keeps on giving. As if all there is to know about the virus has not been exhausted, the latest report on the pandemic reveals that COVID-19 can also spread primarily through air, according to an article published by the New York Times.
Hundreds of scientist have come out to say that ‘there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people’, calling for the World Health Organisation (WHO) to revise recommendations.
The WHO has previously stated that the coronavirus disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from nose and mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks and have dismissed claims of airborne transmission as “not convincing”.
Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, WHO’s technical lead of infection prevention and control was quoted saying, “Especially in these last couple of months we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence.”
Like a Dog with a Bone, scientist will not rest until the COVID-19 has been chewed, swallowed and digested. Until then, we have more to fear for times ahead.
In Uganda however, our scientists have not yet made such exaggerated claims but insist on the use of a mask in public places, washing hands with soap and water and using alcohol based sanitizers as the simple tools to fight the coronavirus. While we systematically approach the thousands in COVID-19 cases, 891 have recovered from the disease and none has died from the same.
The spiraling numbers however are those from the ripple-effects of combating the virus. Poverty and hunger rates have ultimately gone high, domestic violence, lack of employment, defilement rape and early marriages erupting from school closure, and corruption at the very top. While Covid-19 might eventually get a vaccine, none of these effects can simply be injected away.