The coronavirus has “largely gone out” of the UK population outside hospitals and care homes”, the epidemiology professor told Sky News.
Tim Spector, whose COVID Symptom Study app has now been downloaded more than three million times, said the official number of confirmed cases, just over 211,000, was “very artificial” because it was the “only number they’ve been able to test, or get to hospital”.
“We think the real number is in the millions,” he said.
But the numbers are falling, adding: “It seems to be that it’s largely gone out of the population, where rates are really low.”
The discrepancy between the general population and hospitals and nursing homes “probably due to residual infections they haven’t been able to get rid of, particularly in care homes”, said Professor Spector.
He also claimed that 13 or 14 symptoms were associated with COVID-19.
In addition to fever and persistent cough, acute muscle pain and, in the elderly, stomach problems, diarrhea, confusion and even hypothermia should be noted.
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