The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday expressed confusion over remarks made by an official who suggested spreading Covid-19 by imperfect humans. “Seems rare.”
“It still seems rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits it to a minor,” said Maria Van Kerkhov, WHO’s technical leader in coronavirus response and its emerging disease and zoonosis unit.
But then, during a question-and-answer session live today, he made it clear that “it’s a big unknown.”
“We know that some people are asymptomatic or some people who don’t have symptoms can get the virus – so we need to better understand how many people in the population don’t have symptoms,” Van Kerkhov said.
He further explained:
“The thing I was talking about at the press conference yesterday was the very few studies that tried to look at asymptomatic cases over time … and it’s a very small bay to study, and so I was answering a question at the press conference. I was No “no policy should be mentioned,” Van Kerkhov said. “Because it’s a big unknown, because there are so many unknowns around it, some modeling groups tried to guess what is the proportion of imperfect people who could be infected?”
Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergency Program. Mike Ryan also said during the live Q&A that there is still a lot to learn about the potential incomplete spread of the coronavirus.
“As Maria said, the extent to which the disease is transmitted from incomplete disease is unknown,” Ryan said. “There’s a lot to answer about, a lot of the unknown here.”
Ryan added that the virus, a pathogen that is present in the upper respiratory tract, infects them through the nostrils – such as when someone coughs or sneezes, but some studies suggest that it can also be spread by talking.
Earlier, on Monday, Van Kerkhov said that Kovid-19’s seemingly incomplete disease often occurs in mild diseases.
“When we actually go back and say how many of them were really non-sectarian, we know that many of them really have mild illness,” Van Kerkhov said Monday.
Remember: In fact, the incomplete person does not have symptoms and does not develop the symptoms of Kovid-19. However, the term pakisymptomatic refers to atypical or very mild symptoms and refers to the early stages of an illness before pre-symptomatic symptoms develop.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates in planning situations that 40% of coronavirus infections occur before people become ill.