WATCH — What does asymptomatic mean?

Saara Chaudry
Story by Saara Chaudry • CBC Kids News • Published 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 Chaudry 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 16-year-old from Toronto played Little Cosette in Les Miserables, Howie on Max & Shred and Dana's older sister on Dino Dana. She was also the voice of Parvana in The Breadwinner, the feature film nominated for an Oscar, along with the Golden Globe and Canadian Screen awards.

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