What is Asymptomatic Covid?
Simply put, asymptomatic Covid is a form of the virus that does not produce symptoms of infection. Even though infected individuals appear symptom-free, they may still be contagious and able to spread the virus.
Understanding How Asymptomatic Covid Spreads Asymptomatic
Covid spreads very similar to symptomatic Covid, primarily through close contact, like coughing, sneezing and talking, the virus is mainly spread through saliva and respiratory droplets between people. It can, however, still spread through contact with an infected surface and the subsequent hand to nose, mouth or eye contact.
Testing for Asymptomatic Covid
The best way to detect an asymptomatic Covid infection is to get tested, as a person with no symptoms may be carrying and unknowingly transmitting the virus. In this case, the only definitive test that can accurately diagnose whether or not someone is infected is a PCR test or a NASBA test.
Significance of Asymptomatic Covid
Asymtomatic Covid infections are significant because it is likely that people who are positive of this virus but do not show the symptoms can still pass on the virus to other people unconsciously. As such, it is very important to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you, regardless of showing explicit signs or symptoms of being infected.
Tips to Mitigate Risks of Asymptomatic Covid Infection
Clean: Make sure to regularly clean frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, window handles and countertops with soap and warm water, as well as frequently used items such as phones and laptops.
Disinfect: For surfaces and items that are difficult to clean (e.g. carpets, couches, cushions and blankets), use disinfectants that contain high or intermediate levels of alcohol and chlorine for proper disinfection.
Ventilate: Ventilate your area as much as possible by opening windows or doors, and using fans and air conditioning.
Keep Distance: Whenever and wherever possible, maintain 2 meter distance between yourself and other people.
Wear Masks: Wear masks that cover both your mouth and nose. Make sure your masks are not too loose and tight, so airflow is not obstructed.
Avoid Crowds: Try to reduce public outings and avoid crowded places. The risk of catching asymptomatic Covid increases as the number of people around you rises.
Hand Hygiene: Often wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to prevent transmission of the virus.
Isolation: If you have already been exposed to Covid, it is best to self-isolate for 14 days in order to prevent transmitting the virus to those around you.
Asymptomatic Covid is a form of the virus that does not produce symptoms of infection, but is still contagious and able to spread. Though great strides have been made in the fight against this virus, it is important to remain vigilant and practice preventative measures as outlined above. Through collective efforts in following the necessary protocols, we can curb the spread of this virus and protect ourselves and others.