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Role of presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19: evidence from Beijing, China
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    Role of presymptomatic transmission of COVID-19: evidence from Beijing, China- A Response
    • Vishak Acharya, Pulmonologist Professor Dept of Pulmonary Medicine, KMC, Mangalore, MAHE
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      • Unnikrishnan B, Professor in Community medicine

    We read with interest, intrigue and concern the findings reported in this short report. if the findings are validated from larger and multicentric data this may have huge implications in the way we trace and isolate the COVID-19 contacts. Pre symptomatic transmission from index cases 5 days prior to the onset of symptoms is a huge logistical nightmare in terms of containment strategies. This would imply at practical impossibility and futility of these strategy especially in setting of cluster or community transmission. This also highlights the virtues of basic but universal measures like physical distancing, hygiene and use of mask at all times under specific settings.

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