It’s “very rare” for asymptomatic patients who test positive for Covid-19 to pass along the virus and that patients without symptoms weren’t spreading as fast as some experts initially expected, according to a new report from Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the head of the World Health Organization’s emerging diseases unit.
“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Kerkhove said. “It’s very rare.”
“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing,” she added. “They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward.”
At least 35 percent of people who test positive for Covid-19 are asymptomatic and experts have pointed toward these cases as the most dangerous in creating the spread Covid-19. The WHO’s finding could drive down those fears, but Kerkhove cautioned that they’re still in the early stages of research.
When the virus first hit the United States in March, there was some confusion if positive cases could be symptomless. NBA players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell were some of the first public faces of Covid-19, but as late as early April, government officials were still stumped by the claim.
Both New York mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) claimed they learned about asymptotic patients well into the pandemic. de Blasio claimed the world knew about asymptomatic patients “in the last really 48 hours” on April 3 and Kemp said he learned about it on April 1, a day before issuing a statewide lockdown.
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