GREENSBORO, NC – You could spread COVID-19 and not even know it.
New data from the CDC show that more than half of the cases are due to people who have the virus but do not get sick.
As hospitals continue to struggle with staff and capacity, local health experts warn we are playing a dangerous game.
59% of COVID transmission comes from asymptomatic humans. You may be out eating at a restaurant or running with a few friends who are not in your household and unknowingly exposing yourself and others to the virus.
“If we continue this course and I think we continue this course, the course looks really awful,” said Dr. Cynthia Snider, specialist in infectious diseases at Cone Health.
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“The few days before these symptoms occur, they shed a very high virus,” explained Dr. Snider.
Dr. Snider, who has worked with some of the sickest patients at Cone Health, tells FOX8 that the increase in this transmission is a direct result of holiday gatherings and ignoring the 3 Ws.
“I think we really have to be selfless at this point. Our actions must truly benefit our community and try to refrain from going out in several places. The fear that we had earlier in the spring to try to minimize our activity to come back into play, ”said Dr. Snider.
She told FOX8 that you should consider someone outside your family as a potential carrier.
“If your kids are playing on a playground with other kids, it’s super important for everyone to wear a mask because you’re near someone and you do not know if they’m potentially sick,” said Dr. Snider.
That’s news that worries Jocelyn Williams.
“It freaks me out when I see people not wearing masks. I think we need to get more than a 6 foot distance [apart]. I speak 10 or 12 feet, ”Williams said.
John Motsinger has seen three people close to him die of the virus and wants more people to take the consequences more seriously.
“If half the people are spreading it and they are unaware of it, it just makes sense to put on a mask. That’s … the lowest commitment you have, ”Motsinger said.
And it will bring some relief to local hospitals and help staff catch their breath.
“Our hospitals are full, and with patients who need such important care, we will no longer be sick patients with COVID coming in. If it can be prevented in any way by anyone’s actions, it’s the way to go.” Snider.
Dr. Snider also mentioned that if you work in an office even though there is only one other person in the room, it is a good idea to keep your mask on because you could unknowingly transmit the virus.
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