Who: asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus rarely infect others

Patients with coronavirus, in which the disease occurs in asymptomatic, rarely infect others. According to the head of emerging and zoonotic diseases in the who Maria van Kerkhove (Maria Van Kerkhove), evidenced by the data obtained by tracking chains of transmission of infections in the early stages of the pandemic.

COVID-19 often has no symptoms, especially in children and young people suffering from serious chronic diseases. Many of the measures of social distancing imposed by various countries after the start of the pandemic, based on the assumption about the ability of physically active and outwardly healthy carriers of the virus actively spread the infection.

Data collected to date indicate that although transmission of infection asymptomatic carriers are possible, it is not the main mode of spread of the novel coronavirus.

“We have a number of reports from countries in which conducted a very thorough identification of patient contacts, they track asymptomatic and do not detect further transmission (of the virus),” – said Kerchove.

She stressed that this issue requires further and more careful study for the more accurate evaluation it is necessary to clearly distinguish between truly asymptomatic cases of disease occurring in the form of light, and from disease, diagnosed before the first symptoms.

However, the representative of who recommended the authorities to focus primarily on the identification and isolation of people who have the disease is in an explicit form as well as anyone in contact with them.

“If we are able to keep track of all cases, occurring with clinical manifestations, to isolate them, to identify the contacts and put contacts in quarantine, we will be able to drastically reduce the spread”. said Kerchove.

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