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WHO Clarifies Comments on Asymptomatic COVID Spread


The proportion of people who never get COVID-19 symptoms but go on to infect others is still mostly unknown, Maria Van Kerkhove, MD, the technical lead for the WHO’s pandemic response, said in a video interview posted to social media on Tuesday.

Van Kerkhove was clarifying an answer she gave at a World Health Organization news briefing on Monday. In response to a reporter’s question, she said transmission of the virus from people who never develop symptoms appears to be “very rare.”

Her remarks immediately ignited a firestorm. People who have been pushing for states to ...