What is an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus disease?


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Lockdown Lowdown is a segment on Tuesday's and Thursdays at 13.40 where EB Inglis brings in experts to chat about various topics that could help us during the national lockdown period.

EB Inglis chats to Epidemiologist Dr Jody Boffa about what it means to be an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus disease.

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People who are infected with the virus and they never show any symptoms throughout the duration of the infection.

- Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist

Presymptomatic is the phase when an individual is infected but hasn’t yet developed symptoms.

Presymptomatic, they say it is about 3-5 days with COVID where you have the infection but you don't show symptoms whereas an asymptomatic case who for the duration they never show symptoms...

- Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist

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At the World Health Organisation (WHO) press conference in early June, Dr Maria van Kerkhove stated that asymptomatic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is rare.

WHO has since clarified the statement noting that while “the majority of transmission that we know about” is through individuals with symptoms, “there is a subset of people who don’t develop symptoms, and to truly understand how many people don’t have symptoms – we don’t actually have that answer yet.”

She's one of WHO's top epidemiologists, so for her to say this caused quite a bit of stir because the reason we wear masks and we choose to social distance is that we've been told that people without symptoms are spreading the virus.

- Dr Jody Boffa, Epidemiologist

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This article first appeared on KFM : What is an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus disease?

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