What a Difference a Day Makes … WHO Walks Back Yesterday’s Statement

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

I hope you didn’t get your hopes up yesterday by WHO’s statement that transmission of the COVID-19 virus by asymptomatic individuals worldwide is rare.  This statement was made by the head of the WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit.  I was shocked to see that – it seemingly came out of the blue and was contrary to everything we have learned about this novel coronavirus the past 5+ months.

Today, WHO has walked back with a statement that these comments were based only on two or three studies and saying that transmission of the virus by asymptomatic individuals worldwide is rare is a “misunderstanding.”  That same scientist further clarified that the “estimates of asymptomatic transmission came from models, which do not provide an accurate picture of the spread of the virus.”

WHO officials reiterated the importance of physical distancing, along with other measures, such as wearing masks, testing, tracing, quarantine and isolation, to help curb the pandemic.

I found this walk-back initially in the NY Times this morning as well as other media sources throughout today.