Asymptomatic transmission of the new coronavirus appears to be “very rare,” a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Monday.
“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.
But according to the djournal, WHO now says such spread appears “rare.”