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Are You 'Sickened' If You Have No Symptoms?

Death rate has plummeted, and many who test positive never become ill

The news site MLive has begun suggesting in reports that people who test positive for COVID-19 are “sickened.”

On July 16, MLive wrote: “As of Wednesday, about 5,400 people in Michigan have been sickened by the virus since the holiday weekend.”

On Aug. 2, MLive wrote: “The infectious respiratory virus has sickened 82,356 in Michigan and 6,206 deaths have been associated with the disease, most of those among older people.”

The definition of “sicken” is “to become ill,” according to the Cambridge Dictionary.

Yet, many of the cases of the novel coronavirus are asymptomatic, meaning the person infected shows no symptoms.

The Washington Post reported that the percentage of people that have no symptoms but are infected with COVID-19 could be as high as 45%.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that 35% of all people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.

The state reported seven deaths linked to COVID-19 on Aug. 1 and there were no reported coronavirus deaths on Aug. 2, according to the New York Times.