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WHO says asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is very rare


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

09th Jun, 2020. 01:20 pm
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WHO says asymptomatic spread of coronavirus is very rare

The World Health Organization has mentioned that coronavirus may not be infectious if they are ‘asymptomatic’. WHO official epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove said in a briefing in Geneva.

Officials from the global health agency said that the Covid-19 case has been increasing daily and countries must keep putting efforts to overcome the pandemic.

Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said during the briefing, “From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” “It’s very rare.”

She said that these asymptomatic cases were recognized through contact tracing of known patients and the lack of onward transmission by asymptomatic persons was comprised of information of countries having detailed contact tracing. “Much of that has been published in the literature yet,” She also said that the agency was reviewing such information for surety.

Coronavirus: WHO advises to wear masks in public as death toll reaches 398,256 globally

The World Health Organization has advised people to wear face masks in public to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

WHO has changed its advice on face masks. It said that the new data showed the masks could be “a barrier for potentially infectious droplets”.

Globally, there are 6,851,340 confirmed cases of coronavirus out of which 398,256 have died whereas 3,351,323 have recovered. The number of active cases is 3,101,761.

The WHO had previously suggested that wearing face masks in public is not necessary for healthy people.

The WHO’s technical lead expert on Covid-19 Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said to the international news agency that the advice was for people to wear a “fabric mask – that is, a non-medical mask” at places having a risk of transmission of the virus.

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