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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 11-16

COVID-19: The enigma of asymptomatic carriers and silent transmission

Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

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Abdel-Hady El-Gilany
Faculty of Medicine, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_135_20

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The presence of asymptomatic carriers is well known in the COVID-19. These carriers play a significant role in the disease transmission. Little is known about its magnitude, types, detection, and management. This narrative review highlights all these aspects of asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers. Much is still unknown about asymptomatic carriers in COVID-19 and its contribution in the silent spread of infection. A literature of three electronic databases with prespecified search terms was done to include the status quo data on asymptomatic carriers in COVID-19 infection. This narrative review will be useful for epidemiologists, clinicians, policymakers as well as the public in general.

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