Study Shows People With Mild COVID-19 Symptoms Still Have High Viral Loads


Act like you have the virus. This is what medical experts have been suggesting since March. Now, a new study seems to support that advice. 

New research from South Korea, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, confirmed that people with asymptomatic and mild cases of the COVID-19 still carry very high loads of the virus. 

The researchers, led by Seungjae Lee from the Soonchunhyang University College of Medicine, analyzed swabs taken between March 6 and 26 from 303 people isolated at a center in Cheonan. They discovered that patients who exhibited no symptoms were still carriers of the virus.

According to the researchers, 30 percent of those tested were asymptomatic and probably spread the virus because they carry just as much of the virus as those who were displayed symptoms. 

People without symptoms had the coronavirus in large amounts in their nose, throat, and lungs.

On July 30, the Department of Health received criticism after it declared 38,000 recoveries overnight after it included those with mild and asymptomatic cases in the list of recoveries. 

The overnight “mass recoveries” were seen as an attempt to sugarcoat the health crisis. 

'Mas kapani-paniwala pa ngayon 'yung mga palabas sa perya kaysa sa mga binibigay sa'ting reports,' said Senator Joel Villanueva, reacting to the news of the mass recoveries. 

Yung reporting style ng DOH, mas malala pa sa pabago-bago ng panahon,” he added. 

(“Carnival shows are more believable than the reports we’re being fed. The reporting style of the DOH is more unreliable than changes in the weather.”)

On August 6, the Philippines became the number one country in Southeast Asia with the most cases of COVID-19. The Department of Health tallied 3,561 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total to 119,460. Indonesia had 118,753.

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