The Achilles’ Heel to COVID-19 Control: Asymptomatic Transmission

Down the Rabbit Hole with Roberta

If it is highly contagious and you don’t know who has it, and you don’t know if you have it, how do you control it? Traditional infection-control and public health strategies rely heavily on early detection of disease to contain spread. New CDC reports say roughly one in three of those with the coronavirus show zero symptoms and 40% of all coronavirus transmissions happens from people who show no symptoms. A cough can travel 12 feet and droplets can linger in the air for as long as 3 minutes and a sneeze can travel 23 to 27 feet. That seems like a good enough case for wearing a mask.

My rabbit hole this week found me digging into Asymptomatic people and their transmission of COVID-19. But I would be amiss if I did not note the biggest news of this week, deaths top 100,000 Americans and 350,000 globally. Celebrating Memorial Day this week took on many meanings.


Why the Public Should Wear Masks

Asymptomatic Carriers and Transmission