WHO Retracts Its Claim That Non-Symptomatic COVID Spread Is ‘Very Rare’

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO, Youtube
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Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the head of the emerging diseases unit at the World Health Organization (WHO), said that data from countries doing contact tracing showed that non-symptomatic spread of the novel coronavirus to a secondary person is “very rare”. Just 24 hours later, she walked back her comment and said that because it is unknown how many people without symptoms may be infected, it is unknown if they are spreading the illness.” She also said they want to focus on symptomatic cases and isolate them, and quarantine their contacts. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that more research is needed to establish non-symptomatic transmission to others. Dr. Michael Ryan, the WHO Health Emergency director, said the pandemic is still growing in some countries and Dr. Kerkhove warned of a ‘resurgence’ or second wave. [Of course it will. The seasonal flu always does, and COVID is just a variant of that.] -GEG

Just 24 hours after claiming that asymptomatic spread of the novel coronavirus is “very rare,” the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) reversed course.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of W.H.O.’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, explained that the spread of the global coronavirus pandemic is extremely unlikely:

From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual. It’s very rare. … We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare.

But on Tuesday, Kerkhove walked her statement back. “We don’t actually have that answer yet. There are some estimates that suggest that anywhere between 6% of the population and 41% of the population may be infected but not have symptoms within a point estimate of around 16%,” she said during a live Q&A streamed to social media.

“The majority of transmission is from people who have symptoms and are spreading it through infectious droplets,” she continued. “But there are a subset of people who don’t develop symptoms. To truly understand how many people don’t have symptoms, we don’t actually have that answer yet.”

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Charles Andrew Robinson
Charles Andrew Robinson
1 year ago
1 year ago

Considering that the entire premise of the “asymptomatic carrier” was based upon a South Korean study of about 280 people who had recovered from COVID-19 and centered upon one single person in that study who someone claimed anecdotally had not appeared to have any symptoms. The study was published, and the researchers stated this observation as a supposed fact without corroborating it by talking to the actual person. After the fact, the woman was questioned, and she stated that she had indeed had symptoms. The asymptomatic theory is based upon a lie, and only one person. How the heck does… Read more »