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‘95% of Karachi’s Covid-19 patients asymptomatic’

Experts say this high ratio explains why Pakistan's health system did not face severe strain

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The Aga Khan University’s (AKU) researchers have discovered in a study that 95 per cent of those who had tested positive for Covid-19 through blood tests, which register the presence of antibodies to fight the disease, were asymptomatic.

The study saw AKU faculty investigate virus prevalence in parts of the city – which has reported the most cases in Pakistan to date – with high and low rates of transmission of the pandemic from April and June.

“The proportion of asymptomatic cases in Pakistan is much higher than the developed world,” claimed the study. According to the researchers, since asymptomatic people – that is, those who reported no symptoms such as cough, fever or shortness of breath – did not seek treatment in hospitals, the country’s health system did not come under the same strain as those in Spain and the United Kingdom.

Read more: https://tribune.com.pk/story/2262980/95-of-karachis-covid-19-patients-asymptomatic

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