What is the difference between asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic COVID-19?

Yes, both terms refer to people who do not have symptoms. The difference is that asymptomatic refers to people who are infected but never develop symptoms during the period of infection while pre-symptomatic refers to infected people who have not yet developed symptoms but do go on to develop symptoms later.

When is a person contagious with COVID-19?

See full answerEvidence indicates that people become infectious around 48 hours before symptoms start, but are most infectious when having symptoms, even if symptoms are mild and non-specific. It appears that someone infected with the Delta variant may infect others earlier, within one two days of being exposed.Available data indicate that adults with mild to moderate COVID-19 remain infectious no longer than 10 days after symptoms begin and this has not changed with the new variants of concern. Most adults with severe to critical illness or severe immune suppression likely remain infectious for up to 20 days after symptom onset.

What are the factors that can determine transmission risk of COVID-19?

Factors that determine transmission risk include whether a virus is still replication-competent, whether the patient has symptoms, such as a cough, which can spread infectious droplets, and the behavior and environmental factors associated with the infected individual.

What does symptomatic transmission of the coronavirus disease mean?

By way of definition, a symptomatic COVID-19 case is a case who has developed signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 virus infection. Symptomatic transmission refers to transmission from a person while they are experiencing symptoms. Data from published epidemiology and virologic studies provide evidence that COVID-19 is primarily transmitted from symptomatic people to others who are in close contact through respiratory droplets, by direct contact with infected persons, or by contact with contaminated objects and surfaces.

What should I do if I have recently been in contact with a person who is infected with COVID-19?

People who are identified as contacts of a case of COVID-19 are recommended to quarantine (stay at home and isolate yourself from others) for a specific number of days as recommended by the national public health authorities. Monitor yourself for symptoms and get tested as per the local guidelines.

What does shedding mean in viruses?

Viral shedding. Viral shedding refers to the expulsion and release of virus progeny following successful reproduction during a host-cell infection. Once replication has been completed and the host cell is exhausted of all resources in making viral progeny, the viruses may begin to leave the cell by several methods.

How to stop herpes shedding?

Use latex condoms in between outbreaks to help protect against shedding. Antiviral Medications and some herbs, such as Olive Leaf, have been proven to help reduce herpes viral shedding, helping to lower (but not eliminate) the risk of transmission.

What is shedding a virus?

Shedding is a real phenomenon, and refers to a period of time during a viral infection when the virus is coming off the infected person in some way and is capable of infecting other people. The measles virus, for example, is very contagious.

How often does herpes shed?

People with eight or more genital herpes outbreaks per year shed infectious virus 31% of the time. People with one to seven outbreaks a year shed infectious virus 19% of the time.