With coronavirus having impacted every aspect of our lives in recent months, many of us will have also been on the lookout for any signs or symptoms that might indicate a case of Covid-19.

And while these can vary greatly, the most common include a high temperature – which is defined as feeling hot to touch on your chest or back.

But with coronavirus cases varying both in symptoms and severity – is it possible to have the virus and not have a fever?

Here’s what you need to know…


Can you have coronavirus without a temperature?

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According to the NHS a fever is listed as one of the most common symptoms of Covid-19, along with a new, continuous cough and lost of taste or smell.

However, it has been reported that it is possible to have a case of the virus without having a temperature.

Johns Hopkins University has said on their website that it is possible to be infected and have other symptoms, such as a cough, but have no fever – or a very low-grade one in the first few days of being unwell.

They have also highlighted the fact that many people who might have Covid could have a very mild form of the illness – or could even have no symptoms at all, and not even realise they have it.

However they could still be infectious – which has previously led to concerns about asymptomatic people passing the virus on to others.

However the WHO has since said that while people can contract Covid from asymptomatic carriers, it’s not one of the main sources of transmission.

Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the organisation’s diseases and zoonosis unit, said at a WHO press conference in July: ‘From the data we have, it still seems to be rare that an asymptomatic person transmits onward to a secondary individual.’

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