What Does It Mean to Be Asymptomatic?
Usually when someone imagines getting sick with COVID-19, they envision themselves unable to move, with a high fever and uncontrollable coughing. However the truth is not every COVID-19 case is like this, the virus doesn’t always affect people in the same way. There are many accounts of people testing positive for the virus but showing no symptoms related to COVID-19. When this happens, the patients are called asymptomatic, in other words the patient has the virus without any of the symptoms.
According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), currently about 40% of all COVID-19 cases are people that are asymptomatic. In most COVID-19 cases where patients are asymptomatic, patients will eventually show symptoms by the time the virus has run its course. For a large number of those who are asymptomatic, they go through their daily lives without knowing they carry the virus, potentially spreading it to others. NIAID’s research along with the CDC on COVID-19 has discovered that the time when asymptomatic people are considered contagious ranges up to 17 days while those who are symptomatic may be considered contagious for up to 20 days. So while it is possible to test positive for COVID-19 without any symptoms, it is also possible to spread the virus without knowing you are carrying it. Luckily for the people who show no symptoms, their health doesn’t have to suffer and they are likely to be less contagious than those who have multiple symptoms.
If you believe you may be asymptomatic and have COVID-19 or would simply like to get tested, you can look below to find some of our testing centers where you can get tested.