• Cécile Graven

Three quotes from yesterdays article in the New York Times

In this article was interviewed a virologist. Here I put 3 things he said that explains very well why the SARS-CoV-2 is so contagious and why no one yet is able to know the real numbers of deaths and people having Covid-19. Such so-called asymptomatic spread is unique for a respiratory virus; most cause symptoms and disease once they infect their hosts. SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is, however, particularly wily because it can also infect hosts silently and use them as unwitting pawns in its infectious campaign. “The range we found is extraordinarily high,” says Dr. Eric Topol, director and founder of the Institute and one of the authors of the paper. “That means the range of what can happen with SARS-CoV-2 is from no symptoms to [death]. That’s not at all similar to any virus or pathogen we’ve experienced that has killing potential in the past. What we have here is an extraordinary spectrum, including this quiet, stealth mode of infecting somebody.” “People who are getting infection without symptoms are actually doing a lot of damage to their bodies and they don’t know it,” says Topol. Another small study in South Korea that studied 10 asymptomatic people from a group of 139 COVID-19 patients supports these findings. Putting all of the data together, he says, supports “basically the reason why we have to all wear masks—because nobody knows who is an asymptomatic carrier. The person doesn’t know it and the person’s contacts don’t know it. That has enormous implications and it’s an area we need to study more, on how to test people without symptoms on a very large scale to understand these people better and follow them to determine precisely their ability to transmit [the virus].”

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