Fact Check: What did WHO say about asymptomatic transmission of Covid-19?

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A video clip of a WHO official saying that asymptomatic coronavirus patients do not need to isolate at a press conference is circulating on social media with the claim that the global health body has taken a “complete U-turn”.


Did the World Health Organization (WHO) say that asymptomatic Covid-19 patients need no isolation as they rarely spread the disease? A video clip of a WHO official saying exactly that in a press conference is circulating on social media with the claim that the global health body has taken a “complete U-turn”.


In the viral clip, epidemiologist and WHO technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic Maria Van Kerkhove is heard saying, “From the data we have, it seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a second individual.”


The clip of the WHO press briefing and subsequent TV discussion was a part of an American news programme “Greg Kelly Reports” on Newsmax TV. Anchor Greg Kelly was also astonished at the statement. The video started circulating on Twitter and Facebook with the caption, “Big Story: Unbelievable! Asymptomatic patients need no isolation ... A complete U-turn by WHO. After destroying the economy of the world now a complete U-turn!!”


India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) has found that the viral clip is genuine and WHO did indeed say that asymptomatic spread of Covid-19 seems to be rare. However, it later clarified that it does not have the data to back it up as scientists are still determining the intensity of spread by asymptomatic Covid-19 patients.