World Health Organization Walks Back Claim About Asymptomatic Spread

by Jeffrey A. Tucker
The American Institute for Economic Research

People are so bored with COVID-19 these days that it takes a special kind of disease news to light up the Internet. That came yesterday with a World Health Organization press conference at which Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, said that the latest studies show that asymptomatic spreading of the coronavirus appears to be “very rare.”

In saying this repeatedly and in public, she undermined the last bit of rationale there could be for lockdowns, mandated masks, social distancing regulation, and the entire apparatus of compulsion and coercion under which we’ve lived for three months.

“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” Kerkhove said at a news briefing. “It’s very rare.”

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