- September 8, 2020
- Rai Cornell
- Posted in Resources
The COVID-19 pandemic has spread fear around the world. Life has not been the same since early 2020. However, the pandemic has also united people who want to help stop the spread of the disease. Unfortunately, asymptomatic presentation of COVID-19 makes this difficult.
Experts continue their extensive research on asymptomatic and symptomatic cases of COVID-19. New findings provide a better understanding of the disease, which allows us to remain calm and cautious. Staying informed and prepared helps keep you and your loved ones healthy and safe.
Because COVID-19 does not always present with symptoms, it’s challenging to determine the exact number of cases across the United States. Asymptomatic cases also make it hard to know who may or may not be infected. Therefore, always protecting yourself and your family in situations where you encounter other people is imperative.
We’re here to help you understand the differences between symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 so you can keep your family safe and take the proper measures if you believe you’ve been exposed.
Symptomatic & Asymptomatic COVID-19
In symptomatic cases of COVID-19, people may present a wide variety of symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms may present within two to 14 days of exposure. Common symptoms include fever, coughing, and trouble breathing, though the CDC also notes several others.
When someone is asymptomatic, they do not show any signs that the disease is present in their body. The CDC estimates that 35% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic. In asymptomatic cases, people don’t know they are infected. There is no way for others to know either.
Regardless of how COVID-19 presents, the disease is contagious and can easily transmit to others. The possibility that an asymptomatic person could infect other people is exactly the same as in symptomatic cases.
Considering so many COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic, it’s vital to continue to practice preventative measures such as social distancing, thoroughly washing your hands, and wearing a mask. Doing so will help keep you safe from others — and others safe from you — in the event that someone is unaware that they have the disease.
The Truth About COVID-19
There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the exact symptoms of COVID-19. Some people believe COVID-19 can cause rashes, including “COVID toes.” Others have experienced the loss of their sense of smell or taste.
For many people, the risk of serious complications from COVID-19 is low. However, older people and people with underlying conditions are most at risk. The CDC also notes that COVID-19 can make anyone sick, regardless of their race or ethnicity.
Scientists continue to study the disease to learn more about how it presents. Follow CDC guidelines and speak with your doctor if you have questions about symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed. Also know that people who’ve completed quarantine after being exposed do not pose a threat to others.
Worried About Exposure?
At NTD Eurofins, we now offer COVID-19 testing to help put your mind at ease while you await your little one’s arrival. The IgM and IgG antibody panel measures a patient’s immune response. Antibody testing will indicate if a patient has had recent or previous exposure to COVID-19.
If you believe you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, you can get tested — even if you’re asymptomatic. Testing is quick and easy, and results are available within two to four days.
Because COVID-19 may present with a wide variety of symptoms — or no symptoms at all — it can be difficult to know who has the disease. Keep yourself and others safe by always exercising caution. Wearing a mask, washing your hands, and social distancing can save lives.
If you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, talk to your doctor. He or she will help you determine the best way to move forward.
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