COVID-19′s silent spread: Princeton researchers explore how symptomless transmission helps pathogens thriveCOVID-19′s silent spread

Tuesday, May 12, 2020
by tdwyer

COVID-19′s silent spread: Princeton researchers explore how symptomless transmission helps pathogens thrive

Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research, May 12, 2020

COVID-19′s rapid spread throughout the world has been fueled in part by the virus’ ability to be transmitted by people who are not showing symptoms of infection.

Now, a study by researchers at Princeton has found that this silent phase of transmission can be a successful evolutionary strategy for pathogens such as viruses like the one that causes COVID-19. The study was published May 8 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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