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5 months ago | World | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

A health expert on Wednesday advised the public to avoid areas with poor ventilation as they are prone to airborne transmission of COVID-19.

University of the Philippines Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology director Dr. Edsel Salvaña said droplets are still the “major driver” of transmission, and that the public need not worry much about the latest information from the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US .

“Ang karagdagang impormasyon ngayon is nangyayari din siya outside hospitals in specific situations lang,” said Salvaña, a consultant of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

In a statement, the CDC acknowledged reports of “limited and uncommon” situations where a COVID-19 case infected others who were more than six feet away or shortly after the infected person left an area.

“In these instances, transmission occurred in poorly ventilated and enclosed spaces that often involved activities that caused heavier breathing, like singing or exercise,” the CDC said.

“Such environments and activities may contribute to the buildup of virus-carrying particles,” it added.

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