By: Ranjini K
August 21 2020
WHO's experts have claimed that asymptomatic patients can spread the coronavirus.
WHO's experts have claimed that asymptomatic patients can spread the coronavirus.COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. According to WHO, an asymptomatic laboratory-confirmed case is a person infected with COVID-19 who does not develop symptoms. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO expert, had said before that it was very rare for asymptomatic people to pass the disease based on a relatively small set of studies. The next day she issued a clarification that transmission that comes from people with no symptoms is still a big unknown. During the same press briefing, Dr. Michael Ryan said he is convinced that suspect cases who are asymptomatic were transmitting the disease. Recently, another WHO official Dr. Takeshi Kasai said in a virtual press conference that most of the asymptomatic patients are unaware that they can spread the disease and are unknowingly passing on the virus to others. The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.