Get to Know Your Words: Asymptomatic, Presymptomatic, Mildly Symptomatic


Refers to people who carry the active COVID-19 virus, but do not develop symptoms


Refers to people who have been infected and are incubating the virus but aren’t showing symptoms yet.

Mildly Symptomatic

Those who feel slightly unwell due to COVID-19 infection, such as a cold or mild fever symptoms.

While fever, cough, and shortness of breath are common symptoms of COVID-19, some carriers of the illness show little or no symptoms. It isn’t clear how many people are asymptomatic carriers, or how much asymptomatic individuals spread the disease,  but this caveat makes it all the more important to practice social distancing, stay home, and wear a mask while in public. 

Word Wednesday - Asymptomatic
Word Wednesday - presymptomatic
Word Wednesday - mildly symptomatic