Is COVID-19 airborne?

INTRODUCTION

There seems to be some confusion about whether SARS-CoV-2, the new, novel virus that causes COVID-19 is airborne.

There is a widely held theory that COVID-19 is not airborne. This theory has even been the official standpoint of Public Health Authorities including international organisations.

But a lot of Scientific evidence is coming through, as are reports of close observations by communities.

WHY IS THE MODE OF TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 IMPORTANT?

It is important, for Public Health purposes, that the latest information about the behaviour of this new virus is disseminated. People need to know what to do, to protect themselves from COVID-19. The world is constantly under siege.

The response to the Coronavirus pandemic has to be comprehensive. We need to have the full armamentarium to prevent and control COVID-19.

A picture of an airborne bird. Is COVID-19 similarly airborne?
An airborne bird

AND THE ANSWER?

In short, YES, COVID-19 IS AIRBORNE in some instances (where there are small aerosols). Aerosols can linger in the air for hours.

Here are some important links:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coronaviruses-how-long-can-they-survive-on-surfaces?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=owned&utm_term=covid&utm_content=2020-03-13

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/16/who-considers-airborne-precautions-for-medical-staff-after-study-shows-coronavirus-can-survive-in-air.html

2/7/2020. New research findings on effectiveness of various face masks: https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/research-identified-most-least-effective-150600374.html

26/8/2020

https://news.yahoo.com/covid-19-transmitted-aerosols-enough-110024854.html

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15 Replies to “Is COVID-19 airborne?”

  1. I cant see how anyone can say COVID-19 isn’t airborne. All the advice that is given and the precautions we need to take highlight it is airborne. What we really need to be communicating is the necessity for everyone to take responsibility for their actions in relation to this disease. Until people do I can only see the problem getting worse.

    1. Hallo,

      We must make the greatest effort to prevent this disease, because IT IS preventable!

      Without a worldwide wearing of masks, 2020 is going to be a sorry year.

      Regards.

  2. Well, that sums up the reason we all have to ensure we use our nosemask at all times. Covid19 is airborne and you have also given some more information in here that I never thought I would be able to see here really. Thank you so much for sharing all these here for us. Thumbs up to you

    1. Hi Maddie,

      Thanks for reading through the article and providing valuable feedback.

      Regards

  3. Hey nice article you have there. Thanks for putting such a timely and concise article together. Since Covid 19 has been categorized as an airborne disease, it is advisable to put on nose masks to ensure that will only breath in healthy air into our lungs. This will definitely save one from inhaling such a deadly virus into the body system. Do hope it helps. Regards

    1. Hi,

      Thanks. This is exactly the idea behind this article: a brief, straightforward and lifesaving message!

      Warmest regards!

  4. hello Teboh, I must say you did very nice review putting up this traffic a lot of people really that’s the fact that the ravaging covid-19 is Airborne and that is a major reason why the disease seems to be spreading faster than it was at this initial stage of breakout I guess with the knowledge that covid19 is airbone we help people keep social distance and reduce the spread of the disease.

    thanks for sharing such informaing review

  5. Hello Teboho Lekhanya ! What an amazing review you’ve got here. I can’t wait to share this review with most of my friends because there are fake masks everywhere and this review will save so many people from buying fake masks.I saw it on YouTube when a man was interviewing a mad man that is selling face mask but with this information many people will know the right place to get it.

    Thanks for sharing this great information with me.

    1. Hi,

      Thanks so much for your input!

      I am happy that you are happy with the article!

      Glad that you have found help from the links.

      Warmest regards! 😊

  6. This disease has done so much in the past few months that is is heartbreaking and health officials are doing all that they can to stop the spread and to find a cure. I never thought that we would be facing something like this that has caused so many loss but we must do all that we can to protect ourselves from this virus that has claimed so many lives. Having a better understanding of this disease and how to treat it will help us to beat this and getting back to our normal way of living. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Hi Norman,

      You have “taken the words  out of my mouth. You have said it so beautifully, that all I am asking to say is, “amen”!

  7. Your site is very informative. I’ve learned a bunch on the covid-19 virus and how to protect the general population the Earth’s populations. And last but not least yourself Myself I wish I could have thought of this idea and the links for the ppe is a money collector.

    Are you having an issue keeping your home up first? I had this problem go to your back office setting’s then reading close to the top set your home page to the static page. I know this isn’t feedback but I hate to see some one stuck 

    I’ve enjoyed and learnt a bunch on the pandemic 

    1. Hi Bill,

      Thanks so much for your input, and even for the site suggestion!

      I am glad that you gained from the website.

      The site is still under construction and development. But it uses blog roll. This is done so that the newest article is at the front page. I hope you understand this idea. If not, please feel free to contact me again, at teboho@personalandglobalhealth.com

      Warmest regards!

  8. Thanks for the links presented. I read a lot of information about the new virus. Some are contradictory. I know this virus exists, but I still don’t know what to believe. There are so many opinions and so many experiences and experiments, that I shoot in a total fog. We have to wait for the vaccine and see what happens next. Until then, wearing a mask is mandatory. In the end, we have to guard ourselves.

    1. Dear Carmen,

      Thanks for your input.

      It is exactly because of the contradictory information on the virus, that I wrote this very brief article. The authorities took too long to sound the warning to the international community, after some studies were done by Microbiologists in e.g. Europe, which showed that the novel Coronavirus could hang around in the air for many hours, contradictory to what was initially believed. The cost of this delay was dastardly!

      Yes, let’s wear the masks, in a safe manner!

      Regards.

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