Asymptomatic, Pre-symptomatic…call it what you will. The bottom line? PEOPLE WITHOUT SYMPTOMS ARE SPREADING COVID19. There’s no doubt about this.

ASK YOURSELF THIS SIMPLE QUESTION. Would you sip from the straw of someone who tested positive for COVID19, but currently shows no symptoms? Would you let them sneeze in your uncovered face? Would you let them do that to your elderly parent? Or your child?

OF COURSE YOU WOULDN’T. Science has proven that infected people without symptoms carry the same VIRAL LOAD of COVID19 as those with symptoms.

And here again.

SO, WHAT DO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT ASYMPTOMATIC OR PRE-SYMPTOMATIC CARRIERS IF WE’RE GOING TO BEAT COVID19?

The WHO so far has found few truly asymptomatic cases, in which a patient tests positive and has zero symptoms for the entire course of the disease. However, there are many cases where people are “pre-symptomatic,” where they have no symptoms at the time when they test positive but go on to develop symptoms later.

Most of the people who were thought to be asymptomatic aren’t truly asymptomatic,” said Van Kerkhove. “When we went back and interviewed them, most of them said, actually I didn’t feel well but I didn’t think it was an important thing to mention. I had a low-grade temperature, or aches, but I didn’t think that counted.”

WHICH BRINGS US TO BREAKING NEWS! The World Health Organization has walked back yesterday’s “confusing” statement regarding asymptomatic spread.

Which makes perfect sense, because just last weekThe World Health Organization Recommends Masks for Everyone in Public because “new evidence has emerged on the risks of transmission. It points to recent research that people can be highly infectious in the few days before they show symptoms and that some people catch the virus but never show symptoms at all.”

SOME MORE READING ON THE ISSUE:

EVIDENCE HAS ALWAYS POINTED IN THE DIRECTION OF SYMPTOM-LESS SPREAD.

Nearly Half of Coronavirus Spread May Be Traced to People Without Any Symptoms (JUNE 5)

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