The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a medical institution in Germany, has found out whether the virus can actually be transmitted from patients who do not yet have symptoms, Science writes.
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An article was published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on January 30, which talked about the first cases of Chinese coronavirus infection in Germany. The information caused a resonance, because it confirmed what medical workers were so afraid: even those who do not have symptoms of the disease can transmit the 2019 nCoV virus. In this case, it becomes much more difficult to control the spread of the disease.
Chinese researchers previously suggested that asymptomatic patients could transmit the virus, but they had no evidence. After the release of this article, doubts disappeared.
The article described the cases of infection that were recorded after a woman from Shanghai went on a business trip to Bavaria from January 20 to 21, where she met with the first of four patients. Then, as the authors of the article assured, she did not feel sick.
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The problem is that the researchers did not actually speak with this woman, but in their conclusions referred only to the testimonies of those who had contact with her.
They told us that the patient from China did not show any signs of symptoms,
– noted the author of the article Michael Helsher.
Employees of RKI, a medical state institution in Germany, spoke with this woman on the phone, and found that during a trip to Germany she already felt ailments: muscle pain and fatigue. And also brought down the temperature with paracetamol.
However, the fact that an error occurred in this case does not mean that transmission of the virus from asymptomatic patients does not occur.
At the same time, the WHO says that even if this is so, the type of transmission plays an insignificant role in the spread of the virus. People who sneeze or cough are more likely to become a source of infection.
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