One in four coronavirus patients have NO symptoms, CDC director says as he warns the virus will be ‘with us’ for the next TWO YEARS

Thursday, April 2, 2020
By Paul Martin

As many as 25% of people with coronavirus are asymptomatic, according to CDC director Dr Robert Redfield
He warned that the virus will be ‘with us’ for the next 24 months, particularly as a second wave occurs in the fall
The CDC is considering issuing new guidance that all people, not just those who are sick and healthcare workers, wear masks
In the US, there are more than 200,000 confirmed cases of the virus and more than 4,000 deaths
Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

By MARY KEKATOS SENIOR HEALTH REPORTER
DAILYMAIL.COM
1 April 2020

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says as many as one in four coronavirus patients in the US are asymptomatic.

Dr Robert Redfield told NPR this probably explains how cases continue to spread across the country even as strict social distancing measures are enacted.

In the US, there are more than 189,000 confirmed cases of the virus – but federal health officials believe the numbers are much higher.

Redfield’s comments come as the CDC considers changing its guidelines regarding who should wear masks to everyone, and not just doctors and nurses.

‘One of the [pieces of] information that we have pretty much confirmed now is that a significant number of individuals that are infected actually remain asymptomatic. That may be as many as 25 percent,’ Redfield said.

‘That’s important, because now you have individuals that may not have any symptoms that can contribute to transmission, and we have learned that in fact they do contribute to transmission.’

In fact, the CDC director said asymptomatic people can shed the virus up to 48 hours before any symptoms appear.

Several reports have emerged of diagnosed patients who said they didn’t experience any coughing, fever or shortness of breath.

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