WHO epidemiologist backtracks after claiming asymptomatic tr
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A World Health Organization expert on 10 June clarified that “modeling studies have put the extent of asymptomatic transmission to about 40%”, reported The Guardian.

This came a day after Maria Van Kerkhove claimed that asymptomatic transmission was “very rare”. However, Van Kerkhove still maintained that real-world data suggested it could be a rare event.

During a live question-answer session on social media, Van Kerkhove said “I used the phrase “very rare” and I think that it’s a misunderstanding to state the asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare,” she said. “What I was referring to was a subset of studies. I was also referring to some data that isn’t published.”

Asked about asymptomatic transmission, Van Kerkhove said, “We don’t have the answer yet.” She admitted that asymptomatic transmission happened, but scientists are still unsure about its frequency.

WHO Executive Director Mike Ryan also backed Kerkhove. He said, “We were misinterpreted, perhaps because we didn’t use the most elegant words.”

Both Ryan and Kerkhove said understanding of Covid-19 was still an evolving science.

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/09/who-expert-backtracks-after-saying-asymptomatic-transmission-very-rare
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