Hundreds of scientists say coronavirus is airborne

Hundreds of scientists are calling for the World Health Organization to revise its recommendations on the novel coronavirus, saying that there is evidence that the disease is airborne, the New York Times has reported.

The WHO has said the disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, most often when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes or speaks.

In an open letter to the agency, 239 scientists from 32 countries outlined evidence showing that smaller particles which can glide the length of a room, can still infect people.

WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told Reuters that the agency is aware of the article and is reviewing its contents with its technical experts.

However, Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO's technical lead of infection prevention and control, was quoted as saying by the New York Times that, quote ''we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence."

The researchers plan to publish their letter in a scientific journal next week.