No Symptoms but COVID Positive
In this video, Epicentre & Dr. Carmen James, one of the first COVID positive South African doctors, examine how you can be ‘asymptomatic‘ for COVID-19 and still be contagious!
80% of people that test positive for COVID either have very few symptoms (a mild case of COVID) or have no symptoms at all and are considered to be asymptomatic. In fact, many people who test positive for COVID are asymptomatic and have no idea how they got the infection.
COVID is a very interesting virus because unlike many other forms of the flu there is evidence that people don’t only get infected by touching contaminated surfaces and being coughed or sneezed on by an infected person (Asad et al., 2020). What makes COVID so strange is that many people catch COVID from someone who doesn’t look or behave sick at all (Asad et al., 2020).
Scientists call this a non-violent infection (Asad et al., 2020). This means that to catch COVID, someone can just be talking or breathing near you (Asad et al., 2020). The louder they talk, the more COVID particles they push out into the air (Asad et al., 2020).
That’s why it’s so important that everyone wears a mask, because even if you show no symptoms, an asymptomatic person is just as contagious as someone with a serious case of COVID.