If only the world had listened to her. Dr. Rothe realized in Jan the virus could spread from people without symptoms. Her colleagues insisted she was wrong. She was right. Blockbuster by ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦
Symptomless transmission makes the coronavirus far harder to fight. But health officials dismissed the risk for months, pushing misleading and contradictory claims in the face of mounting evidence.
This article if correct is very discouraging. News of presymptomatic spread played down to avoid discouraging contact tracing -- if this is true, tail wagging the dog and much lost time/misplaced effort.
A devastating account of how—despite mounting evidence—Western health agencies and the WHO did not face the reality of COVID transmission without symptoms and even kept nitpicking about pre- vs asymptomatic despite lack of consequence for practical steps.
This is why I emphasize the unwitting nature of transmission rather than the semantics of whether it is presymptomatic or asymptomatic. It has been clear unwittingly transmission is possible since January
Fascinating story out of Germany that, to my knowledge, hasn't been picked up widely in the German media. Meet the woman who sounded the alarm about the silent spread of Covid-19 in early Feb & had to fight for months to be heard
More on public health response to unexpected evidence: "The two-month delay was a product of faulty scientific assumptions, academic rivalries … The resistance to emerging evidence was one part of the world’s sluggish response to the virus.”
Great tick-tock on the inexplicable controversy of asymptomatic COVID spread, which was suspected early on but downplayed and aggressively attacked. The clear subtext: The WHO blew another one.
#COVID19 *Absence of Evidence is NOT Evidence of Absence* How many times did we hear in Feb/Mar—no Evidx that asymptomatic spread occurs, no Evidx that 😷 work? Well ASx Sprd DOES occur, 😷 is #BetterThanNothing. #SEIR #ThinkOfThyNeighbor #FlattenTheCurve
This is an important read for researchers who think about publishing, preprints, peer review.
HOW THE WORLD MISSED COVID-19’S SILENT SPREAD via
How the World Missed Covid-19’s Silent Spread
“The two-month delay was a product of faulty scientific assumptions, academic rivalries and, perhaps most important, a reluctance to accept that containing the virus would take drastic measures.” #COVID__19
1/n This is a very good article. Warning: it does not reduce to simplistic slogans.
“...delay was a product of faulty #scientific assumptions, academic rivalries &, perhaps...a reluctance to accept that containing the virus would take drastic measures. The resistance to emerging evidence was one part of the world’s sluggish response” 1/
How the World Missed Covid-19’s Silent Spread - The New York Times
"It is now widely accepted that seemingly healthy people can spread the virus, though uncertainty remains over how much they have contributed to the pandemic...models suggest that 30% to 60% of spreading occurs when people have no symptoms."
"For two crucial months — and in the face of mounting genetic evidence — Western health officials and political leaders played down or denied the risk of symptomless spreading." #COVID19