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(The Center Square) – Asymptomatic transmission of the new coronavirus appears to be "very rare," a World Health Organization (WHO) official said Monday.

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a news briefing. “It’s very rare.”

Early on in the coronavirus pandemic, WHO warned that even individuals who weren't experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 could still have it and spread it to others. That in part led governors and local officials to put in place tighter restrictions on individuals and businesses.

On Tuesday, WHO officials attempted to clarify Monday's comment.

It was not the “intent of WHO to say there is a new or different policy,” Mike Ryan, head of emergency programs for WHO, said, according to The Washington Post. “There is still too much unknown about this virus and still too much unknown about its transmission dynamics.”

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The LP News is still posting the biased articles from the Center Square without sufficient context. This statement from the WHO was made by one individual at the WHO, and the WHO immediately had to clarify it. Moreover, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief expert on infectious disease in the US, also made an important clarification: "A World Health Organization official recently said asymptomatic spread 'appears to be rare,' prompting widespread confusion because doctors and scientists have been saying the opposite for months. But the WHO's comment 'was not correct,' said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious diseases expert in the US. Evidence shows that 25% to 45% of infected people likely don't have symptoms, Fauci told ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday. 'And we know from epidemiological studies they can transmit to someone who is uninfected even when they're without symptoms,' said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 'So to make a statement to say that's a rare event was not correct.'" See https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/09/health/asymptomatic-presymptomatic-coronavirus-spread-explained-wellness/index.html. The Center Square articles may be consistent with the pro-free market fundamentalism of its owners, but they are not reliable sources of scientific information. Mr. David, you have a civic responsibility to your readers to place reliable scientific data above your free-market ideology.

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