Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s COVID-19 technical head, stated that based on studies conducted in many countries, the person who does not show symptoms of corona may be infected by the virus. The probability is extremely low.
GENEVA (Switzerland): A top official of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday clarified the situation in a case of a misunderstanding over his remarks that people who do not show symptoms of coronavirus (asymptomatic), The risk of spreading the coronavirus infection through them is extremely low. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO’s COVID-19 technical head, stated that based on studies conducted in many countries, the person who does not show symptoms of corona may be infected by the virus. The probability is extremely low.
He told a virtual press conference on Monday, “We have reports from countries that are doing very detailed contact tracing. No evidence has been found. It’s very rare. ” Maria’s remark was prominently featured on social media and was met with a backlash from the scientific community. Gilbert Der, a professor at Pitte-Salpeterer Hospital in Paris, tweeted, “It is not possible to scientifically confirm what the WHO has announced that there are many asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2. “They were very surprised,” said Liam Smith, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
He said, “There is a state of scientific uncertainty in this case, but asymptomatic infections can occur in about 30 percent to 50 percent of cases. The best scientific studies so far show that people with asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic cases (pre-symptomatic People). ” Following the response from all quarters, Maria took to Twitter to clarify the WHO’s position on the infection. It states, ‘It is difficult to conduct a comprehensive study on the risk of transmission of the corona to individuals who do not show symptoms, but evidence of contact tracing reported by member countries shows that people who do not show symptoms are compared to people who do show symptoms. It is very unlikely to spread the virus.’ On the WHO’s Twitter account, Maria stated that she wanted to clear up any misunderstandings. He said, “I was referring to two or three very few studies on this, I was not mentioning WHO policy in this regard.”