COVID-19 patients without symptoms shed just as much virus as those with symptoms
South Korean and Canadian scientists measured how much virus was shed by 303 COVID-19 patients, 193 of whom had symptoms, and 110 of whom didn't, and say both groups were shedding a similar amount of virus. Isolation of asymptomatic patients as well as those who show symptoms may be necessary to control the spread of the disease, they conclude.
Journal/conference: JAMA Internal Medicine
Link to research (DOI): 10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.3862
Organisation/s: Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, South Korea
Funder: Soonchunhyang University Research Fund.
Molecular Viral Shedding Among Asymptomatic, Symptomatic Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection
What The Study Did: SARS-CoV-2 molecular viral shedding in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients who were isolated in a community treatment center in South Korea is quantitatively described in this observational study.