Can Asymptomatic Coronavirus Patients Still Spread The Virus?

Getting infected by COVID-19 can come from different directions. Most are advised to steer clear of people who are showing symptoms, perhaps the easiest way for people to know when to be on guard. However, some people do not exhibit symptoms, referred to as the people possibly carrying the disease but not showing any symptoms known today. These are the people who may be potential carriers without them or the people around them even knowing it. The best way to find that out is for them to undergo universal mass testing to see if they are carriers or not.

Compared to the earlier months, mass testing has now increased a lot. This has allowed state officials to properly identify people who may be positive for COVID-19 and guide them in the right way to protect themselves and to keep them from spreading the disease. Right now, the number of asymptomatic people in regions is far from reliable.

A reason behind this is some people are hesitant to undergo testing for fear of possibly testing positive. So while numbers are showing, it may not necessarily be accurate, according to Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases physician and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. It would be best for people to undergo testing and determine if they are infected or not. Fear of being positive is given but being guided and monitored is the only way to make sure that the virus is treated properly and prevent it from spreading.

For asymptomatic people who could be positive, there may be an unusually high level of viral particles in the upper respiratory tract that are normally found in the nose and mouth. Once these particles escape into the environment, viral shedding begins, which then leads to other people getting infected. It is something like the flu, only the spread happens even before symptoms show.

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Hence, contracting the virus through asymptomatic people is not that different from the ones who have been showing symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), asymptomatic people remain major contributors to the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Moving forward, the only thing to do is to observe the guidelines in place by most states. That includes wearing masks at all times, observing social distancing and practicing proper hygiene. Masks are seen as the best tool to limit the transmission and contraction of COVID-19, especially when a person steps out of their home.