Most people with coronavirus have no symptoms when they take a test

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(Source: Metro News)

Most people who have coronavirus show no symptoms on the day of their test, new research has suggested.  The vast majority of those testing positive did not have any key symptoms when tested – with 77% showing no symptoms. Some 86% did not have a temperature, cough or loss of taste and smell, according to the coronavirus infection survey run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which suggests asymptomatic cases could be spreading Covid-19 around the community.

The major study, which tests people every week regardless of whether they have symptoms, has looked at data for 36,061 people tested between the end of April and the end of June.

Some 115 (0.32%) had a positive test result, the study found, of whom 27 (23.5%) were symptomatic and 88 (76.5%) were asymptomatic on the day of the test. But 86.1% of those who tested positive had none of the three main symptoms — cough, fever and loss of taste/smell. 

 

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