Can asymptomatic people spread coronavirus? What we know right now

Can asymptomatic people spread coronavirus? What we know right now

People can have COVID-19 without knowing it — and that’s a huge threat to public health.

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The World Health Organization incited backlash from public health officials during a news conference on June 8 when Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO’s technical lead for the COVID-19 response, said it’s “very rare” for asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 to spread the virus. The statement came after Kerhove said that in countries tracking asymptomatic cases, they are “following contacts and they’re not finding secondary transmission onward.”

Knowing that asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 can spread the virus, wearing masks is more important than ever.”

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A day later, the WHO backtracked and clarified the statement, with Kerkhove noting that the WHO “actually doesn’t have that answer yet,” regarding if — and how often — asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 spread the virus.

Date: July 9, 2020 5:00 a.m. PT

By: Amanda Capritto

Source: Cnet.com

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