Lab tests point to high rate of asymp­to­matic Covid pa­tients

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Di­ag­nos­tic tests car­ried out at pri­vate clin­ics sug­gest that a third of pa­tients test­ing pos­i­tive for Covid-19 are asymp­to­matic, Kathimerin­i un­der­stands.

Since early March, 15,000 di­ag­nos­tic tests have been car­ried out in the lab­o­ra­to­ries of the Bioia­triki group, with 1.3 per­cent of those tests prov­ing to be pos­i­tive. Of the pa­tients who tested pos­i­tive, 40.9 per­cent re­ported hav­ing a fever and 18.7 per­cent a cough while 28.9 per­cent re­ported no symp­toms at all. Ac­cord­ing to Eirini Louizou, a lab­o­ra­tory man­ager at Bioia­triki, most of the pa­tients who are asymp­to­matic had asked to be tested be­cause they had re­turned from a trip or had been pre­par­ing to travel.

How­ever, the high rate of pa­tients test­ing pos­i­tive with­out symp­toms makes it nec­es­sary to broaden test­ing to re­duce the num­ber of car­ri­ers who may be spread­ing the virus with­out know­ing it, she said.

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