A wave of comments has generated the recent statements of the Minister of Health of Peru, Pilar Mazzetti, who argued that People who do not have symptoms do not need to be tested, as they would have a lower risk of transmitting the disease.
“Asymptomatic patients only infect, in a very small percentage, when they touch and when they breathe … How do you get the virus? when I breathe it or because I touch it ”, said the head of Health in an interview with RPP News, after stating that asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 are not contagious.
Likewise, the authority said that public health only performs PCR tests on people who have symptoms such as fever, sore throat and general malaise. “Remember that it is not a question of testing everyone, that is not how public health is handled. Tests are done on people who have symptoms. That is written everywhere, not only in Peru “, he pointed.
Response from the ministry
After the controversy unleashed in social networks, the Ministry of Health itself came out to clarify Mazzetti’s sayings through Twitter.
“The asymptomatic infects much less than a person with symptoms, but it is more dangerous because it does not show the disease, it does not take care of itself and we trust ourselves, said the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti”, published the official account of the agency.
The asymptomatic is contagious much less than a person with symptoms, but it is more dangerous because it does not show the disease, it does not take care of itself and we trust each other, said the Minister of Health, Pilar Mazzetti tonight. pic.twitter.com/h6SEpkEbhE
– Ministry of Health (@Minsa_Peru) September 3, 2020