June 10, 2020
The World Health Organization (WHO) has walked back its claims that it is uncommon for aysymptomatic coronavirus patients to spread the virus after Harvard University scientists criticized the agency for creating confusion.
On Monday, the UN health agency said it had doubts that the virus was difficult contain due to people without signs such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
WHO officials said that symptomatic spread can occur, but it isn’t the main avenue by which the disease is being transmitted.
‘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 conference.
‘It’s very rare.’
But researchers from Harvard say that a multitude of evidence suggests those without symptoms can, and easily do, spread coronavirus.
Later on Monday, the WHO called the statement a ‘misunderstanding,’ and admitted that people with no symptoms do, in fact, spread the disease.
This article was posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 3:38 am