The goal from day one was to flatten the coronavirus curve. That meant people with symptoms and those who are asymptomatic.

On Monday, the World Health Organization said it was rare for an asymptomatic person to spread the virus.

"It really resulted in, at the very least, confusion and in some cases outrage in the scientific community," said Dr. Jeffrey Jahre with St. Luke's University Health Network.

Soon after, WHO walked back its statement, saying asymptomatic people do pass the coronavirus, but it is not sure how much.

Infectious disease doctors at St. Luke's University Health Network and Lehigh Valley Health Network say it was good to see the organization change its statement.

"We should all take precautions, but I would also say we don't have to live in overwhelming fear every day that everything we do is going to put us at risk," said Dr. Luther Rhodes with Lehigh Valley Health Network.

That is because scientists say a lot more research needs to be done to see where the spread happened to guard against another uptick in coronavirus infections.

Some say a lot of asymptomatic spread has taken place in nursing homes, but more testing is needed in other age groups.

"We can sort of live through this together. Get to the point where soon we get to the point where the cases become so few that we hardly notice it, but we are not there yet," Dr. Rhodes said.

Until then we need to protect ourselves just as if every person can pass the disease.

"We know that COVID-19 is still with us, we can not abandon our efforts in terms of the principles of social distancing. And we have to assume, the safest thing we can assume right now is asymptomatic spread can and does occur," Dr. Jahre said.