The Baguio City Health Services Office said asymptomatic Covid-19 patients make the fight against the disease more complicated.
Of all the categories of illness severity, it is the asymptomatic that is the scariest because they can still transmit the disease, local health experts said.
Since they do not experience any signs, asymptomatic persons tend to be lax in their observance of safety protocols endangering people around them.
“It makes the battle more difficult,” according to the city health experts.
They said asymptomatic people should not neglect the ailment because apart from the fact that they are contagious, they are also prone to developing symptoms at a later stage of the illness.
“Ang spectrum ng Covid-19 na impeksyon ay walang sintomas at may sintomas. Sa unang lima hanggang 10 araw ang sintomas ay asymptomatic hanggang mild symptoms lang mula nung ikaw ay nahawa. Sa pangsampung araw, mararamdaman na ang hirap na paghinga, at pagbaba ng oxygen level sa katawan,” they said.
“Kaya kung walang symptoms, hindi nangangahulugang dapat nang ipagwalang-bahala ang sakit sapagkat maaari ka pa ring magkaroon ng symptoms anumang oras at maaari kang makahawa ng ibang tao kung hindi mag-isolate at gagawin ang ibang pag-iingat.”
So how can an asymptomatic person know if he or she is infected and thereby protect others?
“Have yourself tested and when the results come out, we have one advice: trust your doctors,” they advised. – Aileen P. Refuerzo