DOH Breaks Silence On Report that Coronavirus Can Be “Airborne”

DOH Reacts To Report Tagging Coronavirus As “Airborne”

DOH – The Department of Health broke its silence on the report that the novel coronavirus can be “airborne”.

Currently, one of the topics that is widely talked about almost everywhere is the novel coronavirus. It is the viral disease that was initially recorded in Wuhan City in the province of Hubei in China.

Coronavirus which bears fever, cough, and breathing difficulty as its symptoms target the respiratory system. In China, it has already infected more than 40 thousand people and at least 900 lost their lives to it.

Wuhan City is now under a lock-down. Sadly, the outbreak has reached several other countries including the Philippines, Hong Kong, France, United States, and Japan.

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque
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Recently, an update regarding the novel coronavirus crossed the surface. There are reports that a Chinese official claimed that it has the capacity to be airborne or to spread through aerosol transmission.

Undeniably, the worries of many people over coronavirus ignited due to its reported “airborne” capacity. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Department of Health (DOH) has broken its silence to it.

Speaking to DZMM, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III stressed that there is “no evidence” that the novel coronavirus is “airborne”. According to him, just like SARS, the mode of transmission of nCoV is “respiratory droplet”.

Based on the report, the Health Secretary clarified that the problem is with regards to the translation of the claim. He stressed that there is an overlapping between “airborne and aerosol”.

“Kasi iyong aerosol diba pag bumahing ka aerosolized ‘yung plema mo. Dun nakapaloob ang virus. But dahil mabigat ito, puwede siyang umabot pagkabahing mo within a distance of 3-6 feet,” he said.

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