Asymptomatic Coronavirus Spread Very Rare - WHO

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  • The World Health Organization said in a briefing Monday that transmission of coronavirus by asymptomatic carriers is "very rare", much to the suprise of many
  • Citing data collected by the WHO, the head of emerging diseases and zoonosis unit of the organization , Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said that spread of the virus from asymptomatic and presymptomatic people is possible but focus should be on identifying and isolating symptomatic people, who pose a greater threat of spreading the contagion
  • This drew questions from a lot of health experts, with some citing that "asymptomatic" which is absence of symptoms in people with the infection may be confused with "presympatomatic" which refers to the early stage of the infection where symptoms are absent
  • Other experts said that models suggest that 40 - 60 percent of spread is from asymptomatic people
  • However, Van Kerkhove said the fact that symptoms are not immediately present in people with the infection is a reason why safety measures including masks and socuial distancing rules are necessary