COVID symptoms: Does higher viral load to worse COVID symptoms?

Scientists recently conducted the first human trial of infecting people with the coronavirus and found that COVID-19 symptoms might not be an indication of viral shedding.

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What they found: On the surface, the study – published by the scientific journal Nature Medicine – found exactly how little of the coronavirus is needed to infect someone.

Symptoms: The researchers also found that there was no connection between viral shedding and COVID-19 symptoms, according to Reuters.

  • The researchers said that COVID-19 symptoms did not indicate viral shedding.
  • The study found that “among the 18 participants that caught COVID-19, the severity of symptoms, or whether they developed symptoms at all, had nothing to do with the viral load in their airways,” Reuters reported.

What they said: “There was no correlation between the amount of viral shedding … and the symptom score,” the researchers said in the paper, according to Reuters.

The bigger picture: A study published back in January in the journal Cell identified four factors that could increase your chances of long COVID-19 symptoms.

  • One of those factors was the viral load, or the number of viral droplets in one’s blood, as I wrote for the Deseret News.


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