Professor Lidia Morawska, a Polish-Australian physicist, was on this year’s list of the 100 most influential people of the “Time” magazine. “W Faktach po Faktach” on TVN24 explained how she and a group of accompanying scientists managed to influence the World Health Organization to update the recommendations on the fight against SARS-CoV-2.
Prof. Lidia Morawska has been a collaborator and adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO) for many years, and for over two decades she has been co-creating WHO recommendations related to air quality. This year, she was on the list of the 100 Most Influential People, published by Time magazine.
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She used her interest in the impact of air quality on human health in an interdisciplinary research group created in 2020, which developed the significance of the transmission of particles containing the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the air and the risk it poses to health. Morawska chaired a group of scientists and scientists from around the world. Based on the results of the work of this group, WHO has updated its recommendations for the fight against SARS-CoV-2.
Professor Morawska: I had no doubts how the virus is transmitted
Professor Morawska spoke about how she managed to convince WHO to change the approach to fighting the coronavirus in Tuesday’s “Facts after Facts”.
She explained that “science has long fully confirmed that not only this virus, but also others that originate in the respiratory tract, are primarily in the air.”
– So I had no doubts how the virus spreads – she emphasized.
Professor Morawska about what “encouraged her” to change WHO’s approach
She then described how she managed to influence WHO decisions.
– When I heard at the end of March (2020 – ed.) Statements from the World Health Organization that the virus is not in the air, then I decided that something must be done about it. Because if such disinformation continues to spread, it will lead to more (the number of – ed.) Cases, to a greater (number – ed.) Death – she continued.
– It prompted me to create a group that is now called “Group 36”. I organized it in literally three or four days – she said. – I wrote a petition to the director general (WHO – ed.) Explaining what the matter looks like and asking that actions should be taken and the recommendations they were giving changed at that time – presented the situation professor Morawska.
– We started talking, but unfortunately nothing changed. Therefore, we thought what to do next. It lasted for the next three months, until the beginning of July. Then, in the journal “Clinical Infectious Diseases” (a specialist journal dealing with pathogenicity and the immune system, among others – ed.), An open letter to WHO was published, calling for the topic of transmission of the virus in the air to be addressed, Morawska recalls.
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