Asymptomatic Patients are a Cause for Great Concern in the Coronavirus Pandemic Era
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recently reported that up to 35% of coronavirus patients, could be asymptomatic. Asymptomatic patients have always been a huge concern for health officials, because of their ability to spread the disease, without they themselves knowing they carry the virus. The CDC would also like the public to know, that they estimate around 40% of coronavirus transmissions occurs before the carrier experiences symptoms. These findings come from new a new guidance strategy, formulated by mathematical modules and public health officials, which have also given the CDC enough information, for them to estimate that .4% of people infected with COVID-19 that show symptoms, will die.
Though these findings are based on recent data collected, the agency warns that these numbers are not telling the whole story and that the statistics could be worse. The CDC claims the information provided, is strictly for planning purposes, and that the agency is starting to develop a five-scenario plan. In a report posted by CNN “according to the CDC four of those scenarios represent the lower and upper bounds of disease severity and viral transmissibility. The fifth scenario is the CDC's current best estimate about viral transmission and disease severity in the United States."
With over 5.1 million confirmed coronavirus cases around the world, researchers, HCPs, and top disease experts are worried, that the COVID-19 statistics will receive a sudden spike when more people decide to get tested. Until recently, the CDC only reserved tests for those who were severely ill, and to those who had different connections to the virus, such as visiting heavily infected areas and coming into contact with people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. For months younger and healthier people were denied testing screenings, because they didn’t qualify for the limited amount of tests, “if we had tested more mild people in the community, there would have at least been a chance for people to really take this seriously from the beginning”, said Dr. Natalie Marino, family medicine doctor at Los Angeles urgent care. Couple this with the fact that many people who believe they are healthy and show no signs of symptoms, are unlikely to visit a doctor, or get themselves tested, has led experts to easily understand how the disease has obtained rapid growth globally.
Finally, HCPs would like to remind the public, that for those in fear of visiting their local HCPs office, due to possibility of contracting the coronavirus, there is always the alternative of being safely evaluated at home, through telemedicine.