Individuals who have the coronavirus however don’t show signs aren’t driving the spread of the pandemic, World Well being Group officers mentioned Monday.
“From the information we now have, it nonetheless appears to be uncommon that an asymptomatic individual really transmits onward to a secondary particular person,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s rising illnesses and zoonosis unit, mentioned at a information briefing in Geneva, CNBC reported.
“It’s very uncommon.”
Well being officers warned early on that asymptomatic carriers might be fueling the spread by stealth — however Van Kerkhove mentioned that whereas asymptomatic spread can happen, it isn’t the primary manner the virus was being transmitted.
“We’ve got a quantity of studies from nations who’re doing very detailed contact tracing,” she mentioned.
“They’re following asymptomatic instances. They’re following contacts. They usually’re not discovering secondary transmission onward. It’s very uncommon,” she mentioned.
Governments ought to as an alternative focus their efforts on detecting and isolating contaminated individuals with signs — then monitoring anybody who may need come into contact with them, she mentioned.
“What we actually need to be centered on is following the symptomatic instances,” Van Kerkhove mentioned.
She added that the company continues to be attempting to get “extra data” from totally different nations to “really reply” whether or not the virus can spread extensively by asymptomatic carriers.
“If we really adopted all of the symptomatic instances, remoted these instances, adopted the contacts and quarantined these contacts … it could be a drastic discount in transmission,” she mentioned.