The World Health Organization made comments earlier this week that asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus “appears to be rare.” This was in direct contrast to what health officials and experts have been sharing for months. The country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has spoken out against the comments.

Asymptomatic spread is the transmission of the coronavirus by people who do not show symptoms and will never get coronavirus symptoms. Those carriers still carry the virus and can make other people very ill. Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke on Good Morning America about asymptomatic spread and the WHO’s comments.

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“And we know from epidemiological studies they can transmit to someone who is uninfected even when they’re without symptoms. So to make a statement to say that’s a rare event was not correct,” Fauci said. The US Centers for Disease Control estimates that 40% of coronavirus cases happen before people feel ill and one study found that 4 in 5 people in China with confirmed cases were infected by people that didn’t know they had the illness.

And evidence from Harvard Medical school found that coronavirus’ incubation period is three to 14 days, and symptoms show up “within four or five days of exposure.” “We know that a person with COVID-19 may be contagious 48 to 72 hours before starting to experience symptoms,” Harvard experts shared, “Emerging research suggests that people may actually be most likely to spread the virus to others during the 48 hours before they start to experience symptoms.”

Experts recommend continuing wearing masks in public and practicing social distancing to help stop the coronavirus.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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