- COVID-19 has been acknowledged by the WHO as a possible airborne disease
- On 7 July, the WHO acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of the virus
- According to evidence presented to the WHO, the virus stays in the air for up to eight hours after being released by an infected person
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YEN.com.gh understands that the coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, has been acknowledged by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a possible airborne disease.
On Tuesday, 7 July, WHO acknowledged “evidence emerging” of the airborne spread of COVID-19.
According to the evidence presented to the WHO, the virus stays in the air for up to eight hours after being released by an infected person.
The organisation's technical lead on the COVID-19 pandemic, Maria Van Kerkhove, made this known in a news briefing.
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It is a known fact that the virus is spread through small droplets expelled from the nose and mouth of an infected person.
239 scientists in 32 countries outlined evidence that the floating virus particles can infect people who breathe them in due to how small the virus is.
In other news, the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital has stated that it will no longer attend to urgent cases due to an increase in coronavirus infections among its staff members.
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The Deputy Director of Medical Affairs revealed that the majority of the surgical staff were currently self-isolating.
In a memo sighted by YEN.com.gh, the suspension will be in force for two weeks.
The memo stated:
“There has been a recent surge of COVID-19 infections among staff working in the surgical areas. This has necessitated the self-isolation of the majority of these staff. Hence a decision has been taken to suspend all urgent cases for two (2) weeks. All emergency cases will continue as before.”
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