Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, acting head of emerging diseases at the World Health Organisation said on Tuesday (Feb 4) that the organisation had been aware of reports of individuals who might have transmitted the coronavirus before their symptoms appeared or very soon after being infected
In medicine, a disease is considered asymptomatic if a patient is a carrier for a disease or infection but experiences no symptoms. A condition might be asymptomatic if it fails to show the noticeable symptoms with which it is usually associated. Asymptomatic infections are also called subclinical infections. Other diseases (such as mental illnesses) might be considered subclinical if they present some but not all of the symptoms required for a clinical diagnosis.
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