Medical data mining allows healthcare workers and researchers to identify patterns that help with prediction, prevention, and more effective treatments. The public in general has become more familiar with the concept in 2020 as people scramble to figure out the anomalies of COVID-19, which is caused by a novel coronavirus. Researchers seek to answer a broad range of questions, such as why so many who become infected never have symptoms.
People who are infected but are asymptomatic are identified through testing. Some seek to be tested because they have been exposed to the virus at work, a social gathering, or elsewhere. Some workplaces, such as nursing homes, require regular testing of employees. At least half of those who test positive never experience symptoms.
This type of medical data mining leads researchers to speculate that the percentage of asymptomatic individuals is even higher because so many do not get tested. Although this could be considered good news in a sense, it also makes limiting the spread of the illness more difficult. People who never realize they have been exposed and become infected are still contagious. Medical experts say this is an important reason for the spike in cases in autumn 2020.
Researchers are trying to figure out what characteristics are significantly connected with no development of symptoms, as well as more severe cases. One finding is that children, on average, are more likely to be asymptomatic or to have milder forms of the illness. Nevertheless, they can still spread the virus.
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