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    81 per cent COVID patients in Nepal asymptomatic
    Published: April 21, 2020 8:25 am On: Nepal
    Sabitri Dhakal
    Kathmandu, April 20

    About 81 per cent of COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals across Nepal are asymptomatic, according to doctors.

    Nepal has so far detected 31 patients infected with the novel coronavirus. Four of them have since recovered. According to the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, of the remaining 27 patients, three have fever and two others have cough. The division didn’t disclose names of hospitals where patients with symptoms were undergoing treatment. Even these symptoms are mild and not worrisome, according to the EDCD.

    COVID patients may or may not show symptoms and signs of the disease depending on the amount of virus that has entered the body, immunity and age of the person. In Nepal, only six out of 27 patients infected with coronavirus disease are above 50, with an 81-year-old female being the eldest.

    But even the 81-year-old woman had not shown any symptom of infection when she was admitted to the hospital, her daughter in-law had said a few days ago. A 65-year-old female from Baglung, who was recently discharged from the hospital following recovery from the disease, too had not shown symptoms of the infection despite being a patient of asthma and hypertension.

    “Coronavirus patients may not show symptoms because of eating habit and immunity. But we need to do a proper research on it,” said Jagadish Joshi, specialist emergency physician and spokesperson for Seti Provincial Hospital.

    Doctors like Joshi, however, consider asymptomatic coronavirus patients a bigger threat to the society. “These people may develop symptoms much later or may not develop any symptom at all. But despite being asymptomatic they can transmit the disease to others because of presence of virus inside the body,” said Joshi...