Airborne transmission of Covid possible, wear masks in enclosed spaces: CSIR

Airborne transmission of Covid possible, wear masks in enclosed spaces: CSIR

Amid recent acknowledgement from the World Health Organisation (WHO) over emerging evidence of airborne spread of the novel coronavirus, the head of India’s premier R&D body has said that airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is indeed a “distinct possibility” and suggested wearing masks even in “enclosed” spaces.

Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) chief Shekhar C Mande sought to bring clarity on the issue in his blog post referring to findings of
various studies and said, “All these emerging evidences and arguments suggest that indeed airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is a distinct possibility.”
Elaborating on how one can keep oneself safe in such a scenario, Mande wrote: “The answers are intuitively very straightforward – avoid large crowded gatherings, keep enclosed places like workplaces well ventilated, and most importantly, continue wearing masks even in enclosed spaces.”