(CNN)Last week, an official at the World Health Organization said asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus appears to be rare. They've since clarified their remarks. CNN Chief Medial Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta sets the record straight on who can transmit the virus.
Asymptomatic Infection: Clearing up Confusion. Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for June 16
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CBC broadcast: The virus is very difficult to contain. Many experts studying the pandemic have said one reason for that is because of silent spreaders. That's why it came as a bit of shock to hear this yesterday from the World Health Organization.
Maria Van Kerkhove, infectious disease epidemiologist and technical lead for Covid-19, World Health Organization: It still appears to be rare that an asymptomatic individual actually transmits onward.
NBC broadcast: A bombshell assertion suggesting transmission from patients who do not show symptoms is actually not very common.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Recently there's been some confusion about how the coronavirus actually spreads.
Last week an official at the World Health Organization said asymptomatic transmission of the virus appears to be rare.
Now this seemed to contradict what many experts — myself included — have been saying for months. That is, even if you don't feel sick, you could still be spreading the virus.
Now, a day later, the World Health Organization did clarify their position.