Asymptomatic patients carry high viral loads just like those who show symptoms

Asymptomatic patients carry high viral loads just like those who show symptoms

- A new study revealed that an asymptomatic patient's viral load is just the same as that of a patient with symptoms

- These individuals, although not exhibiting symptoms, could possibly infect others and can spread COVID-19, according to a study

- They observed more than 303 patients at a center, some of whom were symptomatic, and others were asymptomatic

- There were patients who were initially asymptomatic, but later developed symptoms, but there are those who don't develop any symptom all throughout their ordeal with the virus

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There are basically two types of COVID-19 positive individuals. Those who have symptoms and those who do not have any symptoms, or who are more commonly known as "asymptomatic" patients.

A group of researchers from South Korea followed 303 people who were isolated at an isolation center in Cheonan.

The study published in JAMA showed that out of 303 patients, 110 were asymptomatic and 193 were symptomatic.

Asymptomatic patients carry high viral loads just like those who show symptoms

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Source: UGC

The patients were sampled and the returned samples compared the genetic material of the virus found in the patients' airways.

They discovered that it takes longer for symptomatic patients to return a negative result as compared to asymptomatic patients.

Basically, asymptomatic and symptomatic patients have viral loads, giving a biological plausibility that asymptomatic ones can infect.

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Asymptomatic patients carry high viral loads just like those who show symptoms

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Source: UGC

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The government faced problems when they imposed the initial community quarantine, which was elevated into enhanced community quarantine. It also suspended transportation causing massive problems with commuters.

Frontliners express their fears and the difficulties that they go through at the hospital especially with the ongoing crisis.

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