Study: 40–45% People with COVID-19 Don’t Have Symptoms

A new study from the Scripps Research Translational Institute in La Jolla, US, finds that approximately 40–45% of people who contract with COVID-19 may show no symptoms of the disease. The study authors caution that may contribute to the “silent spread” of the virus and such people may experience long-term respiratory issues.Study 40–45% People with COVID-19 Don’t Have Symptoms

For the study, researchers analyzed data from SARS-CoV-2 studies providing clear information regarding testing methods for diagnosis of the condition. In total, they assessed 16 different cohorts, including groups of cruise ship passengers, prison, inmates, and nursing home residents.

One of the study authors Daniel Oran, a behavioral scientist, comments on the results of the study: “What virtually all of them had in common was that a very large proportion of infected individuals had no symptoms. Among more than 3,000 prison inmates in four states who tested positive for the coronavirus, the figure was astronomical: 96% asymptomatic.”

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