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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Covid-19 can be transmitted through air- NCDC

The Nigerian government has said new proof recommends that COVID-19 might be transmitted through the air. 

Mr Ihekweazu said the infection was before accepted to just be transmittable through droplets from the nose and the mouth that fall on the ground.

He said in a statement;

"Over the past few weeks, increasing evidence has emerged that in addition to droplet infections, we cannot rule out that airborne transmission is also possible as a mode of transmission of COVID-19," Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of Nigeria's infectious disease agency, NCDC, said at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

"Understanding the modes of transmission of any new virus is very critical for defining response strategies. For COVID-19 from the very beginning, our understanding based on other coronaviruses was spread primarily through droplets," the official noted.
He said the wearing of face masks and the need to maintain social distancing had become imperative following the new evidence.

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