Latest Coronavirus News: Airborne Transmission, Brain Damage and Lysol

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In the latest news on coronavirus, evidence emerges that COVID-19 could be airborne, scientists warn of potential brain damage, EPA approves 2 Lysol products that kill coronavirus on surfaces, study says silent spreaders responsible for half of infections.

COVID-19 could be spreading airborne, WHO acknowledges

On July 6, a group of 239 scientists representing 32 countries, sent a letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) recommending the organization revise its recommendations for the novel coronavirus due to evidence that seems to indicate the disease could be airborne, the New York Times reported.

On July 7, the World Health Organization officially acknowledged “emerging evidence” of airborne spread of COVID-19, NBC reported.

The WHO said it has an active engagement with the scientists who wrote the letter. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical lead on COVID-19, said the WHO is working on a scientific brief summarizing what’s known about coronavirus transmission that will be released in the coming days.

Scientists warn of potential brain damage from coronavirus

On July 8, scientists issued a warning that new evidence is suggesting that COVID-19 can lead to brain damage. The latest medical evidence is showing that a number of coronavirus-related effects on the brain are appearing including severe neurological complications, inflammation, psychosis, and delirium.

A study by researchers at University College London (UCL) examined 43 cases of patients with COVID-19 who suffered coronavirus-related brain damage that led to a variety of outcomes, including temporary brain dysfunction, strokes, nerve damage, or other serious brain effects.

While COVID-19 has been largely a respiratory illness affecting the lungs, new findings by neurologists and neuroscientists say the impact of the disease on the brain is concerning, Reuters reported.

EPA approves 2 Lysol products as effective in killing coronavirus on surfaces

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given its approval to two Lysol products it says is effective against the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) when applied to hard, non-porous surfaces.

The two products are Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Lysol Disinfectant Max Cover Mist. The EPA says the products both will kill coronavirus two minutes after contact, ABC7 reported.

In a statement, Lysol said it is currently testing the efficacy of other disinfectant products against SARS-CoV-2.

Silent spreaders could be responsible for half of coronavirus infections, study finds

A study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that “silent transmission,” those with no obvious symptoms, could be responsible for half of all the COVID-19 cases in the United States, CNN reported.

These transmissions are occurring via individuals who show no symptoms or during the first few days before symptoms are apparent, the study said.