According to officials of the World Health Organisation, patients without symptoms aren’t driving the spread of the virus.
Preliminary evidence from the earliest outbreaks indicated that the virus could spread from person-to-person contact, even if the carrier didn’t have symptoms.
Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of WHO’s Emerging Diseases and Zoonosis Unit, said that while asymptomatic spread can occur, it is not the main way it’s being transmitted. She said;
“From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual, it’s very rare.”
“What we really want to be focused on is following the symptomatic cases, if we actually followed all of the symptomatic cases, isolated those cases, followed the contacts and quarantined those contacts, we would drastically reduce the outbreak.”