WATCH — What does asymptomatic mean?

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry and CBC Kids News • 2021-01-06 15:29

It means you have the virus, but you can’t tell

We learned so many new terms in 2020!

Words like herd immunity, bubble family and contact tracing.

Here’s a new one for 2021: asymptomatic.

It means that you can be infected with a germ like the coronavirus, but not have any of the symptoms, like cough, fever or even runny nose.

This is an important word to know because asymptomatic people can still spread the virus.

Watch this video to learn more:

And check out these videos:

WATCH — How does COVID-19 spread?
WATCH — What is herd immunity?
WATCH — What’s a bubble family?
WATCH — What is contact tracing?
WATCH — What are COVID-19 symptoms in kids?

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About the Contributor

Saara Chaudry
Saara Chaudry
CBC Kids News Contributor
Saara is passionate about having a positive impact on the world, whether it's within her community, on the big screen, or in her role as a CBC Kids News contributor. The Grade 12 student from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred, Dana's older sister on Dino Dana, and Martina Crowe on The Mysterious Benedict Society. Outside of film and media, Saara is an award-winning international debater and public speaker. She is the current Ontario Debate and Public Speaking Champion. She is also a vociferous advocate for gender and racial equality, as well as girls' education. Saara was recently appointed a UNICEF Canada Youth Advocate in 2020.

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