Questions about spread of COVID-19 from asymptomatic people

Asymptomatic spread of COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The World Health Organization (WHO) clarified their position Tuesday about those people who have the coronavirus but don’t show any symptoms. The WHO had earlier said that would be rare.

The health organization got a lot of folks stirred up saying people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms can spread the infectious disease. The WHO said it was rare - others disagreed.

The original WHO report had some folks optimistic that reopening the workplace and entertainment venues was the right move.

“They believed that asymptomatic carriers of the virus in a transmission from asymptomatic individuals was uncommon,” Dr. Craig Hoseley said. “They estimate 40-45 percent of individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 are asymptomatic."

On Tuesday, the WHO came out and said there is still a lot about this infectious disease we don’t know. A representative said they need more information and data before saying exposure to those who have the virus but no symptoms have a small risk of being contagious.

Dr. Hoseley also urged caution. “Until we have information definitive on one side or the other, you need to think about that as we build out policy for opening up college campuses, sporting events," he said.

There are estimates by some that those without symptoms could be responsible for half the spread of the disease. People tend not to show symptoms during 14 days before developing those symptoms. Hoseley said this type of information is necessary as health departments, cities, and businesses develop strategies of social distancing and cleaning to combat the virus.

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