In a stunning reversal the World Heath Organization now states that asymptomatic spread of the coronavirus is very rare. After 90 days of State ordered shut-down bars and restaurants are only now being able to reopen their doors. Many states had mandatory shutdown orders to “flatten the curve” and the major underlying reason was a notion that people with the virus who weren’t showing symptoms could actually be spreading it for up to two weeks.
“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.”Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove Head of WHO’s Emerging Disease and Zoonosis Unit
Now that we have been notified that asymptomatic spread is rare, it begs the question of why much of the country is still on partial lockdown orders. Theoretically this should be the end of the mail-in-voting debate since we can rest assured that healthy people around us aren’t carrying coronavirus.
“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing,” she said. “They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare.”Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove Head of WHO’s Emerging Disease and Zoonosis Unit
Masks have been a question for a little longer. Dr. Fauci, the acclaimed Director of the National Instutitute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, went on the record in a TV interview that aired on March 8th and said definitively that “There’s no reason to be walking around with a mask.” “You’re sure? Because people are listening really closely to this,” the interviewer tells him. “No, there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask,” Fauci answers.
“When you’re in the middle of an outbreak wearing a mask might make people feel a little bit better, and it might even block a droplet but it’s not providing the perfect protection that people think that it is, and often there are unintended consequences – people keep fiddling with the masks and they’re touching their face.”Dr. Anthony Fauci
If masks are ineffective and asymptomatic is very rare, then we must wonder if it’s worth shutting down our economy. In all of human history, it has been customary to quarantine sick people away from the healthy. In this pandemic the entire model has been inverted and healthy regular people have been forced to self-isolate and social distance.
As the pandemic winds down there are still questions of vaccination. Billions have been poured into efforts to create a new coronavirus vaccine. In 2019, Microsoft founder Bill Gates warned of a looming coronavirus pandemic and pressed for investment. He even specifically warned about it coming from a wet market in Wuhan, China .
In the midst of the conflicting information from health officials and health departments. Various questions have arisen over different handling of protests. In Michigan, angered business owners protested at the state capital in “Operation Haircut” where shuttered barbers and stylists gave free haircuts on the capital lawn. State police issued many of the $500 civil disobedience tickets. Meanwhile, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has participated in the George Floyd protests while arm-in-arm, while violating her own order.
As the pandemic slows down and the country opens back up, we’ll keep you updated. Stay tuned.