WHO Says Claim That Asymptomatic Patients Can’t Spread Coronavirus Was ‘Misunderstanding’

Updated: Jun. 9, 2020 at 11:32 AM CDT
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(CNN) - The World Health Organization said on Monday it’s rare for asymptomatic coronavirus patients to spread COVID-19. But now, the WHO is saying there was a misunderstanding. The information given was based on a couple of small studies.

And they say the term “asymptomatic” might not mean what people think.

The WHO analyzed data from countries that perform contact tracing.

It found people who test positive but have absolutely no symptoms rarely infect someone else.

But, the WHO says some people who think they have no symptoms actually have mild or unusual ones.

Those patients can pass on the virus.

Pre-symptomatic cases are also more contagious.

Those patients start off feeling okay, but later get sick.

The WHO says while asymptomatic transmission is rare, it’s still possible.

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