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WHO: No direct link yet that pangolins spread Covid-19

By Analou De Vera

There is no clear evidence yet that pangolins, a scaly anteater, have direct link to the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19), an official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe (WHO)

WHO Representative to the Philippines Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe (WHO)

“There are many theories being put forward and views of experts being shared but from WHO’s perspective, none of these has been established in an evidence-based fashion,” said WHO Country Representative Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe.

Abeyasinghe added that there is also no scientific proof on reports that the incubation period for Covid-19 could range up to 24 days. Health experts previously said that the incubation period for the said disease is from 10 to 14 days.

“It is clear that the vast majority of patients still gets infected or has an incubation period of 12 and half days. That’s the WHO estimate. That’s why we advocate a quarantine period of 14 days,” said the WHO official.

Previously, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that there are still questions that need to be answered regarding the Covid-19.

“There is still a lot we don’t know. We don’t know the source of the outbreak, we don’t know what its natural reservoir is, and we don’t properly understand its transmissibility or severity. To defeat this outbreak, we need answers to all those questions,” said Ghebreyesus.

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