- Georgia Governor Brian Kemp admitted he did not know asymptomatic patients could infect others with COVID-19
- Asymptomatic patients infecting others has been one of the most basic facts understood about COVID-19 for months
- Kemp made the statement during a press briefing where he announced a statewide stay at home order until April 13
As cases of COVID-19 continue to spread across America, now more than ever the country need strong, responsible, and well informed leadership. This is why many have found it extremely alarming that Georgia Governor Brian Kemp (R) admitted on Wednesday he did not know COVID-19 could pass without symptoms.
After Georgia was identified as a potential hotspot for COVID-19 cases, Kemp announced a stay at home order for the state. During a press briefing, Kemp admitted he was not aware of one of the most well-known basic facts about COVID-19 since the outbreak began. Kemp believed this new to him information was a “game-changer.”
Finding out that this virus is now transmitting before people see signs, so what we’ve been telling people from directives from the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] for weeks now that if you start feeling bad, stay home … those individuals could’ve been infecting people before they ever felt bad. But we didn’t know that until the last 24 hours. And as Dr. Toomey told me, this is a game changer for us.Governor Brian Kemp
It is truly baffling how a governor could have possibly not known asymptomatic people could infect others. According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly a quarter of all confirmed cases do not show symptoms. Experts believe that is a huge contributing factor that is enabling the virus to spread so quickly across the globe, especially in America.
Kemp’s stay at home order even suggests he does not have a clear understanding of the virus or the importance of stopping the spread. The current order is issued until April 13, a date President Donald Trump once hoped the country would be able to open. Trump has since dropped that idea and even said dates as late as June 1 before things can begin to return to normal.