The Scotsman

One third of chil­dren with Covid ‘do not have’ any of Nhs-listed symp­toms

- By ELLA PICKOVER Health · Mental Health · Child Health · Medicine · Lifestyle · Healthy Living · Parenting · Health Conditions · Family

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.”

 ??  ?? Pro­fes­sor Tim Spec­tor of King’s Col­lege Lon­don
Pro­fes­sor Tim Spec­tor of King’s Col­lege Lon­don

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