In another 180 degree turn from where we started with the coronavirus, the World Health Organization now says that the spread of the disease by people not showing symptoms appears to be rare.
“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing – they are following asymptomatic cases, they are following contacts and they are not finding secondary transmission onward, it’s very rare,” Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said during a news briefing. “Much of that is not published in the literature.”
Remember that one of the main reasons we were ‘locked down’ was because we were told people could be spreading the coronavirus, in some cases, up to 20+ days before they showed symptoms. This was terrifying to most but seems to not be the case at all.
This comes just shortly after the influential Lancet study, that led the W.H.O. to suspend testing on Hydroxychloroquine, was quietly retracted.
The study came under scrutiny after three of its authors said they could no longer vouch for the validity of it.
Three of the study's authors said they could not longer vouch for its veracity because Surgisphere, a healthcare firm behind the data, would not allow an independent review of its dataset.
A Harvard professor and a few researchers from major hospitals said they tried to arrange a third-party peer review of the data but Surgisphere refused to let them see the data. They, then, retracted the study.
"We deeply apologize to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused," the group added.
Meanwhile, the Director of the World Health Organization still insists the coronavirus is worsening around the world and now is not the time to be complacent.
However, the W.H.O. managed to support public protests amid the pandemic.
Many are left scratching their heads on the inconsistent information provided by the W.H.O.