A study published on Monday, April 27, in the research journal Nature found that transmission of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in airborne droplets. Many of the airborne droplets had diameters smaller than one-ten-thousandth of an inch.
However, what remains unknown is whether the droplets in the samples are infectious.
The study sampled airborne virus droplets and its aerosol deposition at 30 sites in two designated hospitals in Wuhan, China – the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University and the Wuchang Fangcang Field Hospital between February and March.
This adds to the growing evidence that the virus may spread through the air, something which the study acknowledges up until now remains “poorly understood.”
The World Health Organization has denied the possibility of airborne transmission, saying that the disease is mostly transmitted through larger droplets that do not linger in the air for long but land on objects and surfaces.