WHO Changes Statement on Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19, They Have No Idea

June 10, 2020

By: Staff Report

A day after the World Health Organization (WHO), suggested that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 is “very rare,” they clarified their statement. In a nutshell, they have no idea.

The clarification comes after the WHO’s original comments incited strong pushback from outside public health experts, who suggested the agency had erred, or at least miscommunicated, when it said people who didn’t show symptoms were unlikely to spread the virus.

Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead on the Covid-19 pandemic, made it very clear Tuesday that the actual rates of asymptomatic transmission aren’t yet known.

“The majority of transmission that we know about is that people who have symptoms transmit the virus to other people through infectious droplets,” Van Kerkhove said. “But there are a subset of people who don’t develop symptoms, and to truly understand how many people don’t have symptoms, we don’t actually have that answer yet.”


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