Number of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus grows in Kazakhstan

Number of asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus grows in Kazakhstan

The number of people infected with coronavirus but without any symptoms grows in Kazakhstan every day, reaching 2,529 at the moment. The state has kept a separate statistics lately, collecting the asymptomatic carriers into an individual list.

“This is primarily because people who are infected with the dangerous virus and have its symptoms need more attention. To organize the correct treatment, to prevent the complications of the infection,” said Saule Kisikova, spokesperson for the capital’s public healthcare department.

She noted that despite the separate statistics, the asymptomatic patients are also being monitored by medical staff of local hospitals every day with observance of  home quarantine.

But how to treat asymptomatic carriers correctly and is it necessary at all? Can they transmit the infection?

Experts’ answers to these questions were divided. The WHO representative Maria Van Kerkhove has recently declared that asymptomatic patients with COVID-19 are quite safe and they rarely are carriers of the infection.

“We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases. They’re following their contacts. And they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare,” she said.

However, experts did not agree with this position of the WHO representative and stated that there are still much unknown in the treatment and study of the deadly virus. Now is not the time to draw definitive conclusions.