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WHO says asymptomatic COVID-19 spread is ‘very rare’

By Fabrice Pierre-Toussaint

Staff Writer for Telegraph Local | See my LinkedIn

Asymptomatic transmission of the new coronavirus appears to be “very rare,” a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Monday.

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“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 briefing. “It’s very rare.”

In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, WHO warned that even individuals who weren’t experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 could still have it and spread it to others. That in part led governors and local officials to put in place tighter restrictions on individuals and businesses.

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But according to the djournal, WHO now says such spread appears “rare.”

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