Ipsos MORI’s new online poll of 18-75-year olds finds that 20% of Britons think it likely that they have already had COVID-19, although just 6% of people think it very likely and the remaining 14% think it is fairly likely.
The majority (57%) think it unlikely they have contracted the virus or say they don’t know (21%).
It is important to bear in mind that this is based on perceptions, rather than a clinical assessment, For example, earlier this week, analysis by Imperial College London suggests that 2.7% of the UK population may have been infected to date.
The survey findings suggest there is a lack of certainty among the public over whether they have had the coronavirus or not. While most feel fairly confident they could tell whether or not they have had the coronavirus, only 17% feel very confident (and just over one in five – 22% – say they don’t feel very confident they could tell).
Furthermore, those who feel more confident they could tell if they had the coronavirus are less likely to think they have had it. Just 18% of those who feel confident they could tell if they were infected think it likely they have contracted the virus, compared with 32% of those who do not feel confident they could tell if they had it.