Dr. Fauci Says Asymptomatic Spread of COVID-19 Is Not Rare

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On Monday, June 8, the World Health Organization said that asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus is "very rare."

On Tuesday, June 9, officials walked back the comments following criticism from epidemiologists and other health experts across the world.

Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit said, "We don't actually have that answer yet."

But, as millions of people across the world try to better understand this virus, what could organizations such as the W.H.O and others do to better ensure clarity when trying to present data on this virus?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, in an interview with TheStreet, was asked about his thoughts on the comments.

"Well, the person that made that comment is a substantial person. I mean, she's quite qualified. She was looking at some data and made a comment that even she believes right now needed to be walked back. Because the comment was not based on solid data that would have allowed her to make that comment," said Fauci. "We have experience here, with people who are without symptoms, that cause us to believe that the transmission from an asymptomatic person to someone who is not infected, is not a rare event. We have not yet quantitated precisely what that relative percentage of cases that are caused by asymptomatic transmission. But it's becoming pretty clear to us that one cannot say that it is rare. It is likely not rare."

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