CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi: Symptoms may vary from individual to individual

CAS Dr. Mercy Mwangangi: Symptoms may vary from individual to individual

23 April, 2020

In the last 24 hours, 17 new cases have bee recorded from 668 samples tested bringing to 320 total confirmed cases in the country.All 17 are Kenyans, 12 from Mombasa and 5 from Nairobi. 15 of these cases have been picked up by the surveillance teams and 2 are from the quarantine centres. In regards to gender, 9 are males while 8 are females aged between 22-60 years, announced the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr. Mercy Mwangangi.

6 more patients have recovered and been discharged and now the country has a total of 89 recoveries. The CS also reported that apart from 2 people who are in ICU, the other patients have mild symptoms and will hopefully be discharged soon.

She also gave out a few facts around which countries are operating on in terms of symptoms;

  1. The incubation period (time between exposure and symptoms onset) for Covid-19 is an average between 6-5 days and this can be up to 14 days depending on individuals. During this period, some infected persons can transmit the virus therefore transmission from a “pre- symptomatic” case can occur before onset of symptoms.
  2. In small number of cases, some people have tested positive for the virus from 1-3 days, before developing symptoms. This therefore means that it is possible that infected people can transmit the virus before significant symptoms develop.
  3. People may test positive for the virus but are completely asymptomatic;they do not have any signs associated with the Corona virus such as fever, gastrointestinal issues, fatigue, breathing issues or coughing