“it is probably better to use the term ‘viral shedding’ which is actually in effect influenced by the amount of virus in the material being shed by an infected patient. Even asymptomatic patients can have high viral loads:
Viral load refers to the amount of virus that can be detected in an infected person.
Covid viral load effect. How does viral load work when infecting people? This study has several limitations inherent to the small sample size and potential for confounding viral load and clinical conditions that cannot be excluded. If a sample has ct of over 35, the viral load is low.
This pilot was designed to assess the use of ivermectin to reduce transmission. Was released by the cdc showing that vaccinated people infected with the delta variant can carry detectable viral loads similar to those of people who are unvaccinated, though in the vaccinated, these levels rapidly diminish. Might worsen outcomes, and data from china suggests the viral load is higher in patients with more severe disease.
What does viral load mean for sars cov 2 (aka covid19 virus)? “from looking broadly at the overall data on. 66.70% of patients were symptomatic, with 44.75% presenting with cough, 22.99% with fever, 20.34% with dyspnea, and 10.97% with chest pain.
With regards to comorbidities, most commonly reported included hypertension (29.61%), dm (27.91%), and g6pd deficiency (11.64%). In other diseases, such as influenza or other coronaviruses like sars and mers, high viral load usually does increase the severity of the disease. Majority of the cohort (55.53%) was bahraini.
If you have a high viral load, you are more likely to infect other people, because you may be shedding more virus particles. The world health organisation says the coronavirus can spread from an infected person’s mouth or nose in small liquid particles when they cough. Some smaller studies have suggested that people with high viral loads may be more likely to transmit the coronavirus to others, but more research is needed to better understand the link.
In practice one could say that the virus load generated by the patient in whatever excreta they shed defines ‘shedding’ and its risk. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the u.s. In addition, studies on two previous coronaviruses ( sars and mers) showed people exposed to higher loads got sicker.
The level of ct correlates to disease severity. There was no significant difference in viral load between vaccinated and unvaccinated, or between asymptomatic and symptomatic groups. Viral load may help provide a better understanding of why transmission is observed in some instances, but not in others, especially among household contacts.
If the ct value is low (say 15), the levels of virus in the sample is said to be very high.