Has anyone else just plain had enough of the coronavirus yet? Every single day, since this whole pandemic kicked off here in the States, it’s been nothing but conflicting information, facts that don’t add up, narratives that seem more about politics than protecting folks from a deadly virus, and so on.
It’s been utter confusion. Madness. As Venkman once said, “cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!” Who knows what exactly we are supposed to believe about this virus? Every new report is different, creating a tangled mass of “facts” that look like a pile of spaghetti.
Just yesterday, the World Health Organization — already not the most trusted source of information concerning coronavirus after all the stuff they’ve pulled with China — said that the spread of the virus from asymptomatic carriers was extremely rare. This, of course, was great news.
Well, WHO released another statement today walking back that little nugget of hope they dangled in front of our noses.
Here’s more from the Washington Examiner:
“I was responding to a question at the press conference. I wasn’t stating a policy of WHO or anything like that. I was trying to articulate what we know, and in that, I used the phrase ‘very rare.’ And I think that’s a misunderstanding, to state that asymptomatic transmission is very rare,” WHO epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said Tuesday.
Kerkhove said Monday that “it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person actually transmits onward to a secondary individual,” a statement that caused surprise and drew criticism because it would undercut the case for social distancing. The previous understanding of viral transmission had been that people not exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus are still contagious and should socially distance.
So which is it? Are asymptomatic carriers the ones mostly reponsible for the spread or not? Why walk back this statement so quickly? Was political pressure applied to WHO to make them change the narrative?
As of Tuesday, Kerkhove said that it’s possible as much as 40 percent of the viral transmissions of the coronavirus could be due to asymptomatic carriers. However, at this point, there’s too little that’s understood about the illness to for sure draw that conclusion.
Great. So basically, after all of these months, the “experts” don’t really know anything.
Back to square one, folks.