WHO doctor says asymptomatic COVID-19 transmission 'appears to be rare'

Areas around the U.S. have been emerging from coronavirus-related lockdowns and restrictions

Updated: June 9, 2020 - 10:34am

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Infectious disease epidemiologist Maria Van Kerkhove during a Monday World Health Organization press briefing indicated that it seems to be "rare" for an asymptomatic COVID-19 carrier to spread the illness to others.

“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing – they are following asymptomatic cases, they are following contacts and they are not finding secondary transmission onward, it’s very rare,” Kerkhove said according to Fox News. “Much of that is not published in the literature.”

“We’re constantly looking at this data, and we’re trying to get more information from countries to truly answer this question,” she said according to the outlet. “It still appears to be rare that an asymptomatic individual actually transmits onward.”

Areas around the U.S. have been emerging from protracted coronavirus-related lockdowns and restrictions.

There have been more than 110,000 coronavirus-related deaths in the country according to Johns Hopkins University