The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) boss says there are possibilities that coronavirus (COVID-19) can be transmitted through the air.
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, disclosed this on Monday at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, attributed it to new evidence.
According to him, the disease is known to only be be contracted through droplets thatcomes from the nose and the mouth and fall to the ground.
The NCDC boss said, “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.
“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 that spread was primarily through droplets.”
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control boss also noted that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also updated its guidelines with the same position on the mode of COVID-19 transmission.
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to act in a precautionary way and assume that the virus could be transmitted through the air.