WHO: Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare’ *updated*

WHO: Asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is ‘very rare’ *updated*

  • Post published:June 10, 2020
  • Post category:News

On Monday the World Health Organization (WHO) released preliminary evidence indicating that while asymptomatic carriers of the novel Coronavirus may be able to spread the contagion, it’s unlikely. These reports from the WHO add to the mounting pile of evidence that government mandates targeting healthy and/or asymptomatic Covid carriers are not scientifically valid, and may have been a haphazard response by state governments in a rush to control the spread. 

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a news briefing from the United Nations agency’s Geneva headquarters. “It’s very rare.” Government responses should focus on detecting and isolating infected people with symptoms, and tracking anyone who might have come into contact with them, Van Kerkhove said. When will Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham admit it’s time to fully reopen New Mexico? Read more HERE.

UPDATE: The World Health Organization is now recanting it’s previous claims that asymptomatic carriers spreading COVID-19 is ‘very rare’. The WHO’s technical lead on the pandemic, epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove, stated that her remarks had been misinterpreted and were based solely on two or three preliminary scientific studies. Kerkhove said the extent to which asymptomatic people spread the virus is a “big open question,” although there is evidence showing it does happen. Read more HERE.