What Does Viral Shedding Mean?

December 15, 2022

Dr. Jerry Williams of Urgent Care 24/7 discusses a topic that's actually been showing up on our Google feeds and social media feeds nationally, and it's about viral shedding.

Dr. Williams is certain that this is coming up because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people don't understand what viral shedding is, which means they're asking that question. We will just tell you real quick about viral shedding and what does it mean, and why it's important to you. Viral shedding is a term for when viruses are replicating or reproducing, the virus is being led out of the host cell where it's replicating or reproducing itself.

The virus is being shed out into the environment to where it will go and infect other cells, or other hosts. Viral shedding is a term that's very important during a communicable time for disease or when someone is able to infect another during that period. When the virus is shedding they are more likely to convey the viral illness to those around them. It's important to understand that for example, with a COVID-19 Coronavirus, patient, they may have symptoms that resolve but they still may be shedding virus particles, that means that they're still contagious.

Dr. Williams, I just want to explain to you about what viral shedding means and why it's important. So when you hear it being talked about on social media, or on television or on the news, you'll have a better understanding about what that means.

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