WHO to adjust recommendations on “close contacts” for COVID-19

WHO is preparing new recommendations on the definition of “close contact” in coronavirus infection, said the organization’s representative in Russia, Melita Vuinovich.

According to her, new recommendations on so-called close contacts were considered at the WHO meeting.

The recommendation is 15 minutes in 24 hours in total.

Melita Vujnovich, WHO Representative in Russia

Vujnovic noted that this time could be obtained not only with constant contact, but “maybe five minutes plus five minutes and five minutes at a distance of less than 2 m.”

The WHO representative recalled that earlier, close contact meant communication for 15 minutes face to face: there could be a distance of closer than 1.5 m between people. The update of the recommendations implies, she noted, that now humanity knows more about the virus.

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