Asymptomatic or not

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove WHO

On Monday 6th June Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, who leads the WHO’s diseases and zoonosis unit stated:

"From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual. We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing, they’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare."

Van Kerkhove went on to say that while additional research and data is necessary to determine how much the coronavirus can spread through people with no symptoms, governments should focus on those who are experiencing symptoms, making sure they isolate and tracing their contacts with other people.

Van Kerkhove commented:

“If we actually followed all of the symptomatic cases, isolated those cases, followed the contacts and quarantined those contacts, we would drastically reduce the scope of the pandemic"

The next day she was backtracking on those statements saying that asymptomatic spread remains a “complex question” and that she was referring to a “small subset of studies.”.  Van Kerkhove said:

“I was responding to a question at the press conference. I wasn’t stating a policy of WHO or anything like that. I was just trying to articulate what we know, and in that, I used the phrase ‘very rare,’ and I think that that’s misunderstanding to state that asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare.”

Considering how political the WHO is, I think the truth slipped out on Monday, and Van Kerkhove had to backtrack again on Tuesday because it doesn't fit the narrative and because of the flack the WHO was receiving in response to her statements on Monday.

Her statements on Monday may actually help to explain the data worldwide which clearly shows that testing positive for COVID-19 does not mean you are ill, or will become ill, or that you will die. The data shows that even though health authorities worldwide are doing more and more testing and finding an increasing number daily who test positive, the number who die daily is decreasing.

None of this makes any sense. Something is wrong with this whole scenario. Meanwhile, a very few are making enormous sums of money from this while the populous suffer from the actions of health authorities.

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