Greater than HALF of people that check constructive for Covid don’t have any signs – however fatigue remains to be commonest signal, official knowledge exhibits
- Workplace for Nationwide Statistics discovered 53 per cent suffered no signs
- Fatigue, headache and cough had been the commonest warning indicators, they mentioned
- NHS solely lists a temperature, cough and lack of style and scent as an infection indicators
Greater than half of people that check constructive for Covid within the UK undergo no signs, official figures revealed right now.
Workplace for Nationwide Statistics knowledge confirmed 53 per cent of these recognized with the virus mentioned they’d no warning indicators — together with a fever or cough.
The survey — which checked out 10,261 individuals throughout the UK between December and March — steered asymptomatic transmission is extra frequent than beforehand feared.
Specialists have beforehand mentioned they imagine symptomless individuals account for a 3rd of all new infections.
However amongst people who did have signs, the ONS discovered fatigue was probably the most generally reported symptom, adopted by a headache and a cough.
The NHS solely lists a temperature, new steady cough and lack of style and scent as tell-tale indicators of the virus.
But fewer than a fifth (18 per cent) of individuals reported a loss or style of scent as their solely symptom.
Well being chiefs have been repeatedly criticised for not together with the wide-range of unintended effects which have been linked to the illness.
Sarah Crofts, senior statistician for the ONS Covid-19 An infection Survey mentioned: ‘Our evaluation right now highlights the vary of signs individuals can expertise with Covid-19.’
She mentioned: ‘The basic signs of fatigue, headache and cough are nonetheless probably the most generally reported by these contaminated with the virus, whereas solely round 1 in 5 expertise lack of style or scent solely.
‘Round half of these we examined didn’t report any signs even while having excessive ranges of the virus current of their physique. This underlines that individuals in the neighborhood might unknowingly have the virus and probably transmit it to others.
‘It’s vital we proceed to measure an infection ranges within the inhabitants and accumulate info on signs so we are able to establish any adjustments that will in any other case go undetected.’
The energy of the check was measured by a cycle threshold (Ct) worth and the decrease the Ct worth, the upper the viral load and stronger the constructive check, the ONS mentioned.
Signs from individuals who examined constructive for Covid with a powerful constructive check had been reported between December 1 final yr and March 22.
The least frequent signs had been stomach ache, diarrhoea, and nausea or vomiting.
Information confirmed there was a rise in all signs of than lack of style and scent from December to February.
Some 55 per cent of people that examined constructive reported they’d no signs in December — the month the place asymptomatic Covid was most prevalent.
The determine dropped barely in January (46 per cent) and February (47 per cent) however elevated once more to 53 per cent in March.
All figures are for individuals in personal households and excludes circumstances in hospitals, care properties and different institutional settings.
Respondents self-reported signs and so they weren’t professionally recognized.
It comes as professor Tim Spector an epidemiologist at King’s Faculty London, right now warned individuals to pay attention to all 20 Covid signs and to get examined and keep at house in the event that they expertise any of them.
He mentioned: ‘This week the federal government introduced plans to make home-based lateral stream checks accessible as a tactic to catch extra circumstances.
‘Based on our personal knowledge, 5 in 1000 of those checks give a false constructive outcome, so we’re encouraging individuals to take a lateral stream check at the very least twice if constructive and ensure it with a full NHS PCR check.
‘Nonetheless, individuals additionally must know all of the 20 signs, together with sore throat, headache and fatigue, not simply the basic three. So when you really feel unwell with any of the signs of Covid, keep at house and get a check.’