June 20, 2024

WHO establishes guidelines for airborne disease control to avert future pandemics; Emphasizes managing exposure risk and assessing disease severity

The World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time has reached a consensus on the definition of airborne disease transmission.

According to a report by news agency Reuters, this unified understanding aims to prevent the confusion experienced during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, which some scientists believe led to loss of life.

Released by the Geneva-based U.N. health agency, a technical document on the topic was made public on Thursday. It marks the first step towards devising strategies to effectively prevent such transmission, encompassing existing diseases like measles and potential pandemic threats in the future.