One third of children with Covid ‘do not have’ any of Nhs-listed symptoms
Children may show different symptoms of Covid-19 than adults, one expert has said.
Professor Tim Spector, who is leading the Covid Symptom Study app research, said there could be different symptoms according to different age brackets.
Fatigue, headache and fever appear to be the most common symptoms among children. The NHS website lists the main symptoms of coronavirus as a high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss or change to a person’s sense of smell or taste.
Experts analysed symptoms from 198 children who tested positive for the disease out of 16,000 tested.
A third of the children showed no symptoms. More than half (55 per cent) of the children who tested positive had fatigue, 54 per cent had a headache and almost half had a fever. Over a third (38 p er cent) had a sore throat, 35 per cent skipped meals while 15 per cent had an unusual skin rash and 13 per cent had diarrhoea, according to a national newspaper.
Prof Spector said that of children who tested positive and had symptoms, around half did not have any of the three main signs listed by the NHS.
He said: “We need to star t telling people what are the key symptoms at different ages rather than this blanket obsession with fever, cough and lack of smell. If you followed the Government’s advice you’d be missing half of the [symptomatic] infections.”