What Does Asymptomatic Carrier Mean?
An asymptomatic carrier is a person who has a viral or bacterial infection without exhibiting any symptoms of the illness. Despite not having noticeable signs of infection, they can nevertheless transmit it to others.
While certainly not new at the time, the concept of an asymptomatic carrier became more widely known with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Asymptomatic carriers should not be confused with pre-symptomatic carriers. While both of these terms refer to people who do not display any symptoms of an infection, pre-symptomatic carriers will eventually develop symptoms.