Can people without symptoms transmit COVID-19?

Can people without symptoms transmit COVID-19?

What about asymptomatic people spreading COVID-19?

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Answers (2)

Answer 1
November, 2020

• Most people with COVID-19 experience mild symptoms or moderate illness.
• Approximately 10-15% of cases progress to severe disease, and about 5% become
critically ill.
• Typically people recover from COVID-19 after 2 to 6 weeks. (See figure below)
• For some people, some symptoms may linger or recur for weeks or months following
initial recovery. This can also happen in people with mild disease. People are not
infectious to others during this time.
• Some patients develop medical complications that may have lasting health effects.

Answer 2
November, 2020
About 40% of people temporarily lose their sense of smell (called anosmia), experience changes in how food tastes (dysgeusia), or have other disturbances to their normal abilities to smell or taste. This symptom, if it is present at all, often appears early in the illness.

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