Santa Barbara County Health Official: Coronavirus Could Be Contagious Two Days Before Symptoms Show

Apr 2, 2020

Federal health officials say some of the international coronavirus research shows that people could potentially be contagious before showing symptoms of the virus.

Dr. Henning Ansorg is Santa Barbara County’s Public Health Officer.  He says they are calling these people presymptomatic.  Ansorg says the research shows people could be contagious two days before they exhibit symptoms.

Ansorg says the potential for people to spread the virus because they don’t know they have it shows why the social distancing and stay at home orders are critical.