Georgia’s governor and his high well being official each admit they had been clueless that the coronavirus could be spread by individuals not displaying symptoms — regardless of it being headline information for months.
“Discovering out that this virus is now transmitting earlier than individuals see indicators … we didn’t know that till the final 24 hours,” Gov. Brian Kemp mentioned Wednesday in justifying his delay in ordering a lockdown.
Kemp and his well being commissioner, Dr. Kathleen Toomey, each known as the supposedly new data a “game-changer” of their strategy to the contagion that has killed 139 and contaminated greater than 4,500 within the state.
“We understand now that people could be spreading the virus and never even understand they’ve the an infection,” Toomey advised the press convention.
Kemp mentioned that they had additionally been counting on the Facilities for Illness and Management and Prevention — clearly having missed the company’s warnings since early February that it could be spread by individuals without symptoms.
These warnings have additionally been pivotal within the push for mass neighborhood lockdowns for individuals even when they don’t really feel sick. Lots of the most high-profile individuals to have been contaminated, together with politicians like Sen. Rand Paul, have additionally overtly spoken about how they had been contaminated — and infectious — without symptoms.
Many Georgians watching the press convention reside on Kemp’s personal Fb web page additionally jumped on the astonishing reality.
“We’ve identified that every one alongside,” Heather Raines Williams wrote, whereas Shantel J Calloway requested, “How will we know earlier than him?”
“It astounds me that a health care provider was fully unaware that the COVID-19 virus spreads asymptomatically. That’s been frequent data for 2 months now, when you pay any consideration,” wrote Alan Carl Brown.