Government data on coronavirus cases is preposterous and two-thirds of cases in Britain go undiagnosed, said a leading epidemiologist.
Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, has criticized Whitehall’s refusal to classify common symptoms as official indicators.
The government has listed elevated temperature and continued coughing as the main symptoms of Covid-19. However, there is evidence that a loss of taste or smell is a common sign of infection. Other countries, including the United States, have recognized this as a symptom on more detailed lists.
Professor Spector has collected data from three million Britons on his team’s symptom tracking application. “The reason we are a bit stuck in this country is that we took the data from China