Time till viral clearance of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 is similar for asymptomatic and non-critically symptomatic individuals.
journal contributionposted on 07.12.2021, 16:08 by Nitya Kumar, AbdulKarim AbdulRahman, Salman AlAli, Sameer Otoom, Stephen L. Atkin, Manaf AlQahtani
Despite the modeled estimations of the burden of asymptomatic spread, the duration of viral positivity and infectiousness of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) remains understudied. The objective of the present study was to estimate and compare the time till viral clearance of SARS-CoV-2 in asymptomatic and non-critical symptomatic individuals. We studied 184 SARS-CoV-2-positive participants, of whom 145 were asymptomatic. Our analysis uncovered that time till viral negativity is similar for subclinical [median time till viral clearance: 11 days, interquartile range (IQR): 8, 14] and overt infections (median: 11 days, IQR: 9, 14) after controlling for age and sex. This has implications in understanding the period of infectivity for SARS-CoV-2 in order to plan adequate public health measures to control the community spread.
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Published CitationKumar N. et al. Time till viral clearance of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 is similar for asymptomatic and non-critically symptomatic individuals. Front Med (Lausanne). 2021;8:616927.
Publication Date26 March 2021
- RCSI Bahrain
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