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The New York Times reported Saturday that hundreds of scientists believe there is proof that smaller coronavirus particles in the air could infect people and they are pushing the World Health Organization for a review of its guidelines.

The WHO has said that a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks mainly through small droplets in the nose or mouth that transmit coronavirus disease.

239 scientists in 32 countries presented the proof that smaller particles can infect people in an open letter to the agency that the researchers plan to publish in a scientific journal next week, says NYT.

The scientists have claimed that coronavirus is transmitted by large drops zooming into the air after a sneeze or by much smaller exhaled droplets, which can float through the air and can infect people after the inhalation.

The health agency said, however, that the evidence for the airborne virus was not conclusive. Dr. Benedetta Allegranzi, the WHO’s technical lead of infection prevention and control said, especially in the last couple of months, we have been stating several times that we consider airborne transmission as possible but certainly not supported by solid or even clear evidence.