World Health Organization (WHO) officials pointed out that asymptomatic coronavirus patients is not pushing the spread of the virus. A report done by the US government did not hold the same opinion on this statement.
Some coronavirus patients might show no symptoms or only mild symptoms, especially for those who are healthy and young individuals. Others might show obvious symptoms after days of infection. Preliminary evidences shows that the virus can be transmitted via person-to-person contact in the first wave of outbreak, and those carriers who test positive for the coronavirus did not show any symptom. WHO officials said asymptomatic spread can happen but it is not the typical way of transmission.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit said it is rare that an asymptomatic patient transmitted to a secondary individual.
However, a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on April 1 dis not completely agreed with the view of the WHO officials. The studies said infected people without symptom was a “potential for presymptomatic transmission” since it is possible for them to spread the virus.