#PODCAST: SAMRC discuss the possibility of respiratory droplets surviving in the air for extended periods

By Newsbreak Producer Tashlan Naidoo - The South African Medical Research Council say the possibility that the spread of COVID-19 is airborne cannot be ruled out and certain health protocols may have to be adjusted if the research proves true. This is according to Vice President for Research at the Council, Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele. This comes after the World Health Organisation (WHO) acknowledged a report indicating that coronavirus is being spread by tiny particles lingering in the air for extended periods of time. This is contrary to the organisation saying that the droplets once exhaled - fall to the ground where they can survive for different amounts of time. The scientists have also accused the global health body of underestimating the possibility of airborne transmission. Prof Mphahlele says the airborne transmission could possibly spread rapidly in crowded, closed or poorly ventilated settings...