WHO: People With Asymptomatic COVID-19 Rarely Infect Others

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WHO: People With Asymptomatic COVID-19 Rarely Infect Others
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WHO: people with asymptomatic COVID-19 rarely infect others

The agency believes that monitoring those with symptoms of COVID-19 and tracing their contacts should be a priority.

WHO: people with asymptomatic COVID-19 rarely infect others
WHO: people with asymptomatic COVID-19 rarely infect others

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People who are asymptomatic with COVID-19 rarely infect others, according to the World Health Organization. The statement was made by the head of WHO's Emerging Diseases Unit, Technical Lead for COVID-19 Response, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove. Reported by CNBC.

“According to the data we have, it still seems rare to transmit infection from an asymptomatic person to other people. It is very rare,”said Van Kerkhove at a briefing held at WHO headquarters in Geneva.

The agency believes that now the governments of different countries should focus on identifying and isolating infected people who have symptoms, and also monitor those who have come into contact with them.

Maria Van Kerkhove noted that she is aware of studies that have shown the transmission of COVID-19 from asymptomatic carriers or before symptoms appear. She believes more data is needed to give an even more accurate answer to how significant a role infected people without symptoms play in the spread of the disease.

“We have a lot of country reports that track contacts very well. They monitor asymptomatic cases, track contacts. And they showed no further transmission. This happens very rarely,”said Van Kerkhove.

If asymptomatic transmission can be proven not to be an important factor in the spread of the disease, the implications for health policy will be enormous. “Potential presymptomatic transmission” is one of the reasons behind the concept of social distancing.

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