More than HALF of people who test positive for Covid have no symptoms – but fatigue is still the most common sign, according to official information
- The National Statistics Office found that 53 percent had no symptoms
- Fatigue, headaches and coughs are the most common warning signs
- NHS only lists a temperature, cough, and loss of taste and smell as signs of infection
More than half of people who tested positive for Covid in the UK have no symptoms, official figures revealed today.
Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that 53 percent of people diagnosed with the virus said they had no warning signs – including a fever or cough.
The poll, which polled 10,261 people across the UK between December and March, found that asymptomatic transmission is more common than previously feared.
Experts have previously said that they believe that asymptomatic people account for a third of all new infections.
But among those who had symptoms, the ONS found that fatigue was the most commonly reported symptom, followed by a headache and cough.
The NHS lists only a temperature, new persistent cough, and loss of taste and smell as tell-tale signs of the virus.
Yet less than a fifth (18 percent) of people cited loss or taste odor as the only symptom.
Health chiefs have repeatedly been criticized for failing to consider the multiple side effects that have been linked to the disease.
Sarah Crofts, chief statistician for the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey, said, “Our analysis today shows the range of symptoms that can occur with Covid-19.”
She said: “The classic symptoms of fatigue, headache and cough are still the most commonly reported by those infected with the virus, while only about one in five experiences only a loss of taste or smell.
“About half of the patients we tested reported no symptoms, even when there were high levels of the virus in their bodies. This underscores that people in the community may unknowingly have the virus and may pass it on to others.
“It is important that we continue to measure infection rates in the population and gather information on symptoms so we can identify any changes that may otherwise go undetected.”
The strength of the test was measured using a cycle threshold (Ct). The lower the Ct value, the higher the viral load and the stronger the positive test, according to the ONS.
Between December 1 of last year and March 22, symptoms were reported by people who tested positive for Covid with a strong positive test.
All figures relate to individuals in private households and exclude cases in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutional settings.