Hundreds of scientists say there is evidence that novel coronavirus in smaller particles in the air can infect people and are calling for the World Health Organization to revise recommendations, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

The WHO has said the coronavirus disorder spreads notably from person to individual through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when an individual with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks.

In an open letter to the agency, which the researchers design to post in a scientific journal subsequent week, 239 scientists in 32 nations outlined the evidence displaying smaller particles can infect people, the NYT said.

The WHO did now not right now reply to a request for comment from Reuters.

Whether carried by massive droplets that zoom via the air after a sneeze, or with the aid of a lot smaller exhaled droplets that may glide the length of a room, the coronavirus is borne via air and can infect humans when inhaled, the scientists said, in accordance to the NYT.

However, the health agency stated the proof for the virus being airborne was once now not convincing, according to the NYT.