World Health Organization clarifies comments, confirms asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus

World Health Organization clarifies comments, confirms asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus

World Health Organization clarifies comments, confirms asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus

Not sure you can sue the World Health Organization, though, for acting more like political spin doctors than medical ones.

Ryan noted that certain cluster investigations that were done in Japan showed that CCP virus spread appeared to have occurred from gyms, choir, and nightclub settings.

"Masks alone will not protect you from COVID-19".

During a live Q&A Tuesday morning, Kerkhove clarified what she meant by her statements Monday and explained that the details of asymptomatic spread are still largely unknown.

Jha said it's possible the World Health Organization is making a distinction between asymptomatic spread and presymptomatic spread, when someone eventually develops symptoms but spreads the virus before they do.

"In that I used the phrase 'very rare, ' and I think that's misunderstanding to state that asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare", she said.

Looking at investigations of clusters of infections from various countries, she said that where an asymptomatic case had been followed up it was "very rare" to find secondary infections among their contacts. "Having said that, we do know that there can be people who are truly asymptomatic".

"The majority of transmission is from people who have symptoms and are spreading it through infectious droplets, she said".

The clarification comes after the WHO's original comments incited strong pushback from outside public health experts, who suggested the agency had erred, or at least miscommunicated, when it said people who didn't show symptoms were unlikely to spread the virus.

"What I was referring to was a subset of studies", she added.

But Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead for Covid-19, told a press briefing yesterday that data from countries that had carried out detailed tracking and following up of contacts, there was little evidence of true asymptomatic spread.

"They're not quote-unquote Covid symptoms, meaning they may not have developed fever yet, they may not have had a significant cough, or they may not have shortness of breath - but some may have mild disease", she said. You should get a test if you don't feel well, socially distance from others, wash your hands often, and, perhaps most importantly, wear a mask when you can't socially distance. Both outside experts and World Health Organization officials have acknowledged that detecting asymptomatic spread would be really hard, and just because scientists haven't seen something occurring often doesn't mean it's not happening. It may be there isn't a lot of asymptomatic spread but plenty of pre-symptomatic spread.

Kerkhove made her follow-up remarks after pushback from the global medical community, amid fears that people will think it means face coverings are not essential to prevent spread. The objective of wearing a homemade cloth mask is to reduce the transmission of the Covid-19 virus in community settings from individuals who may be asymptomatic but spreading the virus.

Tailors who have found an opportunity in the disaster must upgrade their masks from single material outfits to two or three material outfits so that they provide better cover against transmission and contraction of the virus. To help reduce the spread, Dr. Van Kerkhove recommended that governments focus on identifying and isolating infected people and tracking people that might have come into contact with them.

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