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A frightening scenario: the doctors discovered infected with the coronavirus boy with no signs of disease

A frightening scenario: the doctors discovered infected with the coronavirus boy with no signs of disease

In China, doctors discovered a 10-year-old boy who showed no overt symptoms of coronavirus, but was sick and could infect others. His case shows that the disease can spread quickly, and quarantine is less effective than previously thought.
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In China, doctors discovered a 10-year-old boy who showed no overt symptoms of coronavirus, but was sick and could infect others. His case shows that the disease can spread quickly, and quarantine is less effective than previously thought.

Coronavirus patients may not show obvious symptoms, but infect them with others. To this conclusion came a group of Chinese scientists, who published their study in the medical journal the Lancet.

The authors of the study January 10, did the family of six returned to Shenzhen from Wuhan — the place where occurred the first outbreak of the virus. The doctors found a new disease in five members of a family. Got it from them and the patient that Wuhan did not go. Not show symptoms — fever, cough, and diarrhea — only 10-year-old boy. However, anxious parents insisted, so he did a CT scan of the lungs. And she's the disease was discovered. Swabs of the nose and throat also confirmed the diagnosis.

"These mysterious cases of atypical pneumonia," according to the study authors, may be the cause of the rapid spread of the disease". The researchers stressed that the case of the boy was "quite an unexpected find."

At the same time, for physicians a complete surprise this story did not, says Bloomberg. "At the moment our research shows that the symptoms of children and infants appear relatively weak, whereas in older people the symptoms are more severe", — quotes Agency the statement of the Deputy head of the Chinese center for control and prevention of diseases Feng Zsuzsana.

To contribute to the spread of the virus indeed can those who are not going to the doctor because you feel "not so bad", said the Agency Professor of Microbiology and immunology University of North Carolina Ralph Baric. "One of the worrying things" atypical pneumonia among children in an interview with the Agency and was named Professor of pathology, University of Hong Kong John Nichols. The Agency notes that similar cases discovered outside of China. Four cases of infection in Germany is associated with an event that called for have not been symptoms a woman from China.