Asymptomatic patients are those people who do not show symptoms of the novel coronavirus or only develop mild symptoms. COVID-19 data to date suggest that 80% of infections are mild or asymptomatic, 15% are severe infection, requiring oxygen and 5% are critical infections that require ventilation.
In Kenya, most of the covid-19 cases are asymptomatic hence the government has discharged almost all asymptomatic Covid-19 patients from hospitals to home-based care in order to free-up space in congested hospitals.
However, a new study suggests that coronavirus patients without any symptoms can still suffer organ damage silently hence it is possible coronavirus may impact lung function, but it also may not be immediately apparent to the patients.
According to the research, as many as 45 percent of people infected with COVID-19, did not have traditional signs such as coughing, fever or shortness of breath but more than half of asymptomatic patients had CT scans with signs of serious lung damage.
This basically highlighting that being asymptomatic is risky because the silent spread of the virus makes it more challenging to control hence spreading the virus unknowingly. Therefore, it is important to adhere to all the measures and guidelines put in place by the world health organization and the government in order to curb the spread of covid-19.
With such a high asymptomatic rate, testing comes in handy because this enables one to know their status and in order to protect others, wearing a mask will make a lot of sense. We need to be responsible and more vigilant otherwise the virus will continue to kill us.