A recent study by Chinese researchers has confirmed that a 20-year-old woman from Wuhan has transmitted the coronavirus to her family members without ever showing any symptoms.
The Business Insider reported that the woman had passed the virus on to five of her family members, but she [the said woman] never got physically sick.
The new report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention published on business finder has confirmed a case of asymptomatic transmission of the new coronavirus.
The case study is the first concrete evidence that a person showing no symptoms can pass the coronavirus to others without showing signs of the infection.
A fact, researchers argued, “could make curbing the outbreak even more challenging.”
In explaining the drastic turn of events, the researchers behind the finding said, “the 20-year-old woman was isolated and closely observed at the Fifth People’s Hospital of Anyang.”
“She never becomes physically ill, even after her family members developed fevers and shortly after two of them got severe pneumonia. ”
The researchers noted that the woman’s asymptomatic transmission appeared to be an anomaly.
Health experts, however, had documented other instances in which people tested positive for the virus without showing symptoms.
The journey of how it all started for the 20-year-old woman passed on the virus
The 20-year-old woman in the new case study lives in Wuhan the city where the outbreak started but travelled to Anyang on January 10.
Three days later, she went with five family members to visit a sick patient (who did not have the coronavirus) at the Anyang District Hospital.
On January 17, one of the woman’s family members came down with a fever and sore throat.
The following week, the other four relatives developed a fever and respiratory symptoms. Those relatives were admitted to the Fifth People’s Hospital on January 26.
All of the family members tested positive for the coronavirus. The only person they’d had contact with who had been in Wuhan was their 20-year-old relative.
When doctors initially tested the young woman for the coronavirus, the results came back negative. Her CT scan was normal, too. But a day later, she tested positive for the virus even though she wasn’t showing any symptoms. By February 11, the woman still had no fever, cough, sore throat, or gastrointestinal issue—symptoms of the disease
Doctors concluded that the woman’s incubation period the time during which she was infectious was 19 days. Chinese health officials previously estimated that the incubation period for the virus ranged from one to 14 days, but recent research suggests it could be as long as 24 days.
A report from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention analysed records of all of China’s reported cases of the virus from December 8 to February 11 and found that 1.2% of patients confirmed to be infected showed no symptoms.
“A far higher portion of asymptomatic cases was found on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where 322 of 621 people tested positive but showed no symptoms.”
On February 6, 2020, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at a briefing asserted that “there’s another whole cohort that is either asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic.”