New data shows the symptom most often reported by sufferers of Covid-19 in recent months.
Officials from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed the most commonly reported symptom among those testing positive is now a loss of sense of smell or taste – called anosmia.
The data shows that among the over-35s, between 20 and 40 per cent of sufferers had anosmia – as opposed to around 15 to 25 per cent of that group having a fever and 13 to 18 per cent having a cough, Mirror Online reports.
The difference was even more pronounced among younger people.
The figures show that up to 60 per cent of under-35s with the virus had ansomia, compared to around 15 to 25 per cent having a fever, and less than 10 per cent having a cough.
When the virus first arrived in the UK, the only two official symptoms were a fever and a dry, tickly, persistent cough.
Yet as experts have studied coronavirus throughout the year, their understanding of it has grown.
A loss of a sense of smell and taste was only later recognised as being connected with the virus.
Upset stomachs, fatigue and so-called brain fog were also found to be common symptoms.
Overall, from August 15 to October 26, the number testing positive for Covid with symptoms of loss of taste or smell increased the most in all age groups.
School age children are least likely to suffer a cough, the data reveals.
The report states: “The positivity rate for school-aged children with cough symptoms has remained low over the period (currently around 5 per cent) whilst the rate for others aged under 35 years and those 35 years and over has steadily increased to around 10 per cent to 15 per cent.
“This suggests cough is a less specific symptom to Covid-19 in school-aged children.
“People testing positive are generally more likely to have symptoms of loss of taste or smell, and fever.”
It has been clear to scientists for a while now that children and adults suffer from the coronavirus in different ways.
Data collected by the King’s College app showed that 52 per cent of schoolchildren who tested positive for virus did not report classic adult symptoms.
A third of children who tested positive never logged any of the 20 symptoms listed in the app, meaning they are in other words asymptomatic.
It is important to know which symptoms are most likely to reveal a coronavirus case to identify cases and avoid people spreading the virus.
The official guidance is still that if you develop any of these signs you should self-isolate and order a test immediately.
For information on how to get a test, go to the Government guidance here.
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