Asymptomatic COVID-19 Cases Are More Common Than You Think

May 29, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 1, 2020

According to a new study published by JAMA Network Open, new calculations of the number of asymptomatic people with the coronavirus suggest that “silent” COVID-19 is much more common than once thought.

The study found that 42 percent of cases from a group of people in Wuhan, China, were asymptomatic. In this particular study, 78 patients were looked at who tested positive for the coronavirus, and found that 33 of the individuals had no symptoms.

“Many people still haven’t grasped the notion that asymptomatic people can be so common, and they wonder why it is they have to wear the mask when they’re feeling well, or why they have to keep doing this social distancing stuff,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, said.

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