The deadly coronavirus is airborne, a Shanghai official has confirmed.
On Saturday it was announced the virus can now spread via aerosol transmission – meaning it can drift through the air for an extended period of time and cause infection if breathed in.
“Aerosol transmission refers to the mixing of the virus with droplets in the air to form aerosols which causes infection after inhalation,” Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau deputy head Zeng Qun is quoted as saying by China Daily.
“As such we have called on the public to raise their awareness of the prevention and control of the disease.”
The Chinese government is urging residents to cancel all social activities and avoid large gatherings of people, reports China Daily.
The discovery of the disease being airborne means coronavirus now has three modes of transmission.
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