The novel coronavirus is a highly infectious and contagious illness, which can result from mild to severe medical complications. Many believe that COVID-19 can only be spread by a person who shows signs of the infection. While that is true, according to a recent study, asymptomatic people have 60% more tendency of spreading COVID infections. Individuals without signs and symptoms of COVID are unfurling the virus on a wider and a higher rate, making it all the more difficult to contain the infection.
Asymptomatic people are individuals who have been exposed to the virus and are infected with the same, but show little to no symptoms at all. However, that does not mean they cannot spread the virus. They are called the silent carriers, who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 but can contribute to spreading the infection on a wide range.Can asymptomatic people spread coronavirus?
Akin to COVID patients with symptoms of the coronavirus, asymptomatic people also have the tendency to spread the deadly virus. Also known as silent carriers, when it comes to spreading the virus, COVID-infected people can be divided into three types.
- Mildly symptomatic carriers - These are the kind of people who show very mild symptoms of COVID-19 ranging from mild fever to mild cough. However, their symptoms may often be confused with signs of other common diseases, which is why they can be neglected.
- Pre-symptomatic carriers - Pre-symptomatic carriers consist of individuals who show no signs of COVID-19 for up to a week after contracting the disease. They may later on experience cough, fever, or breathing difficulty.
- Asymptomatic carriers - Finally, asymptomatic carriers are people with no signs or symptoms of COVID-19. As a result, they end up transmitting the virus to a lot of people, which can be a major reason for the wide spread of the virus.
What to do?
Considering it is extremely difficult to identify an asymptomatic person as a COVID-infected individual, it is only right to take necessary precautions and continue practicing social distancing. Wash your hands regularly, wear your masks and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. In case you find out that you have come in contact with an asymptomatic carrier, self-quarantine yourself for 14 days and get yourself tested after a few days of isolation.
(Times of India)