You probably have heard about the many symptoms of the coronavirus and the signs you may have if you already had it. But the CDC wants you to know you don’t need to have any symptoms to get tested. On the contrary: “Anyone who thinks they may be infected—independent of symptoms—should get a test,” Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield told Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News’ chief medical correspondent, and Aaron Katersky, ABC News Radio correspondent and host of the Bringing Back America podcast.
“Redfield said the numbers of asymptomatic people infected with the virus is particularly alarming and thwarting traditional methods of tracking outbreaks,” reports ABC News. “Investigations into specific cases have shown that anywhere from 20% to 80% of people infected don’t have symptoms, particularly those younger than 45, he said. The CDC has said 1 in 2 people with the virus don’t know where they got it from.”
“We’re challenged with this virus,” Redfield said.
CORONAVIRUS CASES ARE SPIKING
Redfield’s comments come in the wake of coronavirus spikes in Arizona, Texas, Florida, California and other states, and scientists have discovered a mutated strain (“It does have characteristics that in fact it’s become more infectious,” he said. “We have no evidence though that that’s associated with increased pathogenicity at this time.”). The country has 2.93 million cases and 132,000 deaths and rising. And those numbers may be woefully underreported.
“WE DON’T REALLY KNOW THIS VIRUS”
Redfield admitted even he doesn’t know much about the ins and outs of COVID-19, all the more reason to get tested if you suspect you might be infected. “We do have to stay humble and recognize that we’ve just been introduced to this virus,” he said. “We don’t really know this virus. This isn’t like flu, where you could sit down and ask me questions, and I can have a high degree of confidence that I know what to predict.”
As for yourself, remember the basics: wear a face covering MASK, don’t go into indoor spaces with people you aren’t sheltering with unless it’s essential, wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing.