Fact Check: Is asymptomatic Covid-19 the same as being healthy?

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Quick Take

Multiple social media users have claimed that asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection does not cause harm and is the same as being completely healthy. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.  

The Claim

“You could just say Healthy. Not sick. No symptoms. Feelin fine. Feelin mighty fine!”, writes a social media user.

Another social media user claims, “Asymptomatic = healthy, Asymptomatic ‘cases’ = false positive test result. Clear enough for the slow folks out there?”.

A social media post says, “Stop saying asymptomatic. The word you are looking for is healthy”.

The posts can be seen here, here and here.

Fact Check

Can people with Covid-19 not show symptoms?

Yes. People with no symptoms can be positive for Covid-19 virus. Such people do not show symptoms in the initial stage but later develop the symptoms of long Covid-19 infection.

A study has shown that 59% of all Covid-19 cases came from people with no symptoms.

Showing no symptoms despite having the virus is termed as asymptomatic.

Are asymptomatic same as healthy?

No. Asymptomatic patients may suffer less from symptom related problems but they are still vulnerable nevertheless.

A study has shown that people with no symptoms have a risk of developing blood clots which may cause long-term cardiovascular effects.

Yes. WHO suggests that people with no symptoms and confirmed Covid-19 are either asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic.

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Disclaimer
Medical Science is an ever evolving field. We strive to keep this page updated. In case you notice any discrepancy in the content, please inform us at [email protected]. You can further read our Correction Policy here. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website or it's social media channels. Read our Full Disclaimer Here for further information.

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