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Study suggests eight out of ten coronavirus carriers show no symptoms 

By - World Healthcare Journal

Study suggests eight out of ten coronavirus carriers show no symptoms 

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday revealed that a new study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicates a vast proportion of those in the UK who have Covid-19 display no symptoms at all.

According to statistics released by the ONS last week, around 70 per cent of people in the UK who test positive for coronavirus display no symptoms. However, the Health Secretary estimated that the number could be 10 per cent higher.

Tens of thousands of households across the UK were asked to provide swab-test samples to gauge the proportion of citizens who were infected but did not need to seek treatment, or even realise that they had the virus at all.

“Yes, there are some people who don't have symptoms but do have the virus. In fact, in the ONS study we found that around 70-80 per cent of people who test positive don't have symptoms,” says Hancock.

"That is quite a significant finding and one of the important things about this disease, in the same way that asymptomatic transmission is one of the things that makes controlling this disease really hard. ” 

This comes as the EU officials have warned that Europe could face a surge in cases following large-scale protests.which have occurred across the continent.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the world over the past weeks have come together in protest against systemic racism following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States.

However, many public health officials now fear that the scale and density of these protests, mixed with the dangers of Covid-19 transmission, could lead to a potential “second wave” of cases, which could potentially occur in just two weeks.

“If you advise everybody to keep one and a half metres from each other, and everybody just stands next to each other, holding each other, then I don't have a good feeling about that,” Jozef Kesecioglu, who chairs the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, said at a press conference.

When he was asked whether there could a wave of cases could be detected in two weeks time, he responded: “Yes, but hopefully I am wrong. ” 

Martin Seychell, a public health official for the EU Commission, shared his fears about how protests could be a catalyst for Covid-19 transmission and cause a “second wave”.

“As for any infectious respiratory disease, mass events could be a major route of transmission,” he said.


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