COVID-19: Are asymptomatic patients not infectious? UAE official clarifies

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There is no scientific evidence indicating that transmissions from asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are rare.

That’s according to the official spokesperson of the UAE’s health sector, who has clarified that many studies on the virus are still inconclusive.

Dr. Farida Al Hosani has urged people not to rush to conclusions based on online reports.

She reiterated that patients who are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms must continue to follow quarantine regulations.

Dr. Al Hosani also added that there are conflicting reports about the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine, so the drug is only being used for mild and moderate cases, in line with international practices.

On Tuesday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) clarified its position on people without symptoms, saying much remains unknown about asymptomatic transmission.

It held a live Q&A on its social media pages to clear up confusion about recent comments made by a WHO official that suggested asymptomatic people only rarely spread the virus.

The initial comments appeared to directly contradict guidance from international public health organisations.

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