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    Should we worry about asymptomatic COVID-19 patients?

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    ​Spreading disease
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    ​Spreading disease

    At this point - months after this global outbreak began - we still don’t know a lot about coronavirus, but we do know that it is contagious and deadly (in a fraction of cases).

    ​Pre-symptomatic
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    ​Pre-symptomatic

    Contagious disease tends to spread wildfire, the only difference being that fires are visible. The hurdle here is identifying how spread is happening. People who have been infected but haven’t shown symptoms yet are designated as pre-symptomatic.

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    ​Asymptomatic
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    ​Asymptomatic

    However, there are cases where people have COVID-19 but do not show any symptoms, making the job of identification harder than usual, and raising the question of whether they spread the virus or not.

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    ​China
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    ​China

    Since the outbreak tapered out in its country of origin - China - asymptomatic cases have seen an increase. However, China has reported that 300 asymptomatic carriers were found to be non-infectious.

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    ​Experts
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    ​Experts

    While most Asian countries are reported to have asymptomatic carriers, experts feel that they are less likely to transmit the virus.

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