Re-Analysis of the Relative Transmissibility of Asymptomatic Cases among Close Contacts

3 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2020

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Daihai He

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Department of Applied Mathematics

Shi Zhao

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Public Health and Primary Care

Qianying Lin

University of Michigan

Zian Zhuang

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Department of Applied Mathematics

Peihua Cao

Southern Medical University, Zhujiang Hospital

Maggie H. Wang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Public Health and Primary Care

Lin Yang

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Nursing

Date Written: March 31, 2020

Abstract

Asymptomatic transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 is an important topic. A recent study in China showed that transmissibility of the asymptomatic cases is comparable of that of symptomatic cases. Here we showed that the conclusion may depend on how we interpret the data.

Note: Funding: DH was supported by General Research Fund (15205119) of Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and an Alibaba (China)-Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research project.

Conflict of Interest: DH was supported by an Alibaba (China) - Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research project. Other authors declare no competing interests.

Ethical Approval: The ethical approval or individual consent was not applicable.

Keywords: asymptomatic transmission; COVID-19; close contacts

Suggested Citation

He, Daihai and Zhao, Shi and Lin, Qianying and Zhuang, Zian and Cao, Peihua and Wang, Maggie H. and Yang, Lin, Re-Analysis of the Relative Transmissibility of Asymptomatic Cases among Close Contacts (March 31, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3565270 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3565270

Daihai He (Contact Author)

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Department of Applied Mathematics ( email )

Hong Kong
China

Shi Zhao

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Public Health and Primary Care ( email )

Hong Kong
China

Qianying Lin

University of Michigan ( email )

Zian Zhuang

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Department of Applied Mathematics ( email )

Hong Kong
China

Peihua Cao

Southern Medical University, Zhujiang Hospital ( email )

Guangzhou, Guangdong Province
China

Maggie H. Wang

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) - School of Public Health and Primary Care ( email )

Hong Kong
China

Lin Yang

Hong Kong Polytechnic University - School of Nursing ( email )

11 Yuk Choi Rd
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

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