The British newspaper "Mirror" quoted a warning from the British expert, Wendy Barclay, that the Corona virus may remain in the air indoors for more than an hour.
This warning came despite the British government's refusal to obligate wearing masks in public places, and focused on the dangers of touching surfaces contaminated with viruses, but Dr. Barclay, who belongs to the scientific advisory group "SAGE", said that there is increasing evidence that the virus can spread through The air.
"We know that the virus that causes Covid-19 can survive, and it remains infectious in these very small drops, and this increases the possibility of the virus transmitting through these particles," added the expert at the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, which advises the British health authorities. That can travel through the air. "
And she explained that "the laboratory studies in which the virus was placed showed that it could remain there for more than an hour in its infectious form."
This follows the World Health Organization's announcement that the transmission of the virus through the air cannot be excluded.
In a major shift, the World Health Organization has recognized the potential for Covid-19 to circulate in the air under certain conditions, after more than 200 scientists urged the agency to do so.
In an open letter published this week in a magazine, two scientists from Australia and the United States wrote that the studies showed "beyond a reasonable doubt that viruses are released during exhalation, speech and coughing in drops that are accurate enough to remain stuck in the air."
The researchers called on national and international authorities, including the World Health Organization, to adopt stricter preventive measures, and the World Health Organization indicated on Thursday that studies evaluating the Covid-19 outbreak in restaurants and fitness classes indicate that the virus may have spread to the air.
The WHO said the spread of the virus "especially in specific internal locations, such as crowded and poorly ventilated places over a long period of time with infected people, cannot be ruled out."
Barclay, head of the infectious disease department at Imperial College London, confirmed that the report was "the first time that the World Health Organization has recognized that air may carry the virus, which contributed to the spread of infection."
She stated that people can slow the spread of the virus by being in a well-ventilated room.