(FinancialHealth.net) – The WHO finally announced COVID-19’s official status as a global pandemic on March 10th. But countries all over the world have been feeling the effects of the disease first-hand for weeks — including the US.
Citizens in China have been quarantined for over a month in areas like Wuhan and Chongqing. Italy was forced to quarantine the entire country as climbing infection statistics turned into chaos in hospitals. Even here on American soil, we are beginning to feel the effects in the stock market.
Up until now, most major media outlets recommended sensible self-protective measures. Stay away from anyone sick, stay indoors if you have symptoms yourself, and most importantly, wash your hands.
But what if this isn’t enough? What if symptoms alone aren’t a reliable way to tell who’s affected — and who might spread the disease?
You need to know this major COVID secret.
Some People Don’t Show Symptoms
Scientists from Wuhan have confirmed that some people may test positive for coronavirus, yet show no symptoms while actively passing the illness on to others. This makes it extremely challenging to curb the path of the deadly outbreak.
This was the case in Wuhan, where a 20-year-old woman and her five family members visited a sick patient. A few days later, all of the family members showed symptoms of active illness — except for her.
Later, they all tested positive for COVID-19, confirming that the virus doesn’t follow a specific pattern. This is concerning. If these individuals show no common virus traits, and it’s not affecting their health, they aren’t aware they’re putting others at risk.
Another concern is that some carriers are showing such light symptoms, similar to a mild cold or allergy, that they don’t seek medical care. Therefore, they don’t get tested. Such was the case in Shanghai, where a woman infected others with the virus after going back to work once her mild symptoms cleared up.
Despite this information, the CDC still says that handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But, this does raise an important point: we can’t necessarily trust symptoms to be our guide. It also means that avoiding travel and large gatherings is probably more important than first realized.
~Here’s to Your Financial Health!
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