The Health Secretary told the coronavirus daily press briefing that data from the ONS study showed that up to 80 percent of people with the deadly coronavirus were asymptomatic. Mr Hancock added that asymptomatic transmission is one of the elements that make controlling the disease so difficult.
Laura Hughes from the Finacial Times grilled the Conservative MP during the press briefing.
She said: “You have rolled out anti-body testing for NHS workers, can I ask what you have discovered through those anti-body tests?
“Are there people who are finding out they actually had coronavirus but did not experience any symptoms?
“If there are people that are getting this virus and not experiencing symptoms how does that work with the test and trace approach as clearly people aren’t going to get a test or report themselves if they are not feeling anything different?”
Mr Hancock replied: “The big picture answer is yes there are some people who don’t have symptoms but do have the virus, in fact in the ONS study we find that around 70 to 80 percent of people who test positive don’t have symptoms
“That is quite a significant finding and one of the important things about this disease.
“Asymptomatic transmission is one of the things that makes controlling this disease really hard and is novel for any coronavirus.”
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Published at Thu, 11 Jun 2020 16:59:00 +0000