Fox News “straight news” show America’s Newsroom reported on April 2 that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) will issue a stay-at-home order due to “new research” showing that asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus. America’s Newsroom did not mention that he seemingly just learned this yesterday, despite it being commonly and widely reported for weeks.
Kemp appeared to be referring to a March 31 NPR interview in which the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said “we have pretty much confirmed now” that asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 are transmissible.
However, as PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor noted on Twitter, “for at least three weeks, day after day, WH officials & scientists have said on live TV for millions to watch that asymptomatic people can spread the virus.” The CDC, which has also been warning for weeks of the likelihood that asymptomatic people can spread COVID-19, is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.