86 percent of people with coronavirus cases in the U.K. showed no major symptoms
Asymptomatic coronavirus cases may be far more common than thought.
A survey conducted by the UK's Office for National Statistics found that 86.1 percent of people who contracted COVID-19 between April and June did not show any significant symptoms of the disease that day, including cough, fever or loss of taste or taste Smell You have been tested. Around three-quarters of the test subjects showed no symptoms at all, including tiredness or shortness of breath, which raised concerns about "silent transmission" by asymptomatic individuals, reports The Guardian.
Due to an under-supply of tests, health officials have suggested getting tested for coronavirus only when you are showing symptoms or being around someone with the virus. However, in most asymptomatic people, the virus could spread widely without detection before people show severe symptoms.
"If you don't catch all of the asymptomatic or presymptomatic patients, it can be very difficult to clear outbreaks in time before they get out of hand," said Irene Petersen, author of a study of the ONS data from University College London. explained. She suggested to The Guardian that high-risk workplaces and universities start testing well before the holiday season, especially to avoid breakouts when college students drive home.
The ONS tested 36,000 people for the coronavirus, with 115 cases coming back positive.
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