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COVID19: Loss of smell and taste added to list of Coronavirus symptoms

England’s deputy chief medic , Prof Jonathan Van-Tam on Monday May 18 announced the addition of loss of taste and smell to the official list of Coronavirus symptoms within the country. 

Van-Tam said victims of anosmia (the clinical name for a loss of smell) also will be eligible for Coronavirus testing albeit they do not produce other symptoms. already , only Brits with a replacement fever or persistent cough were told to self-isolate and allowed to urge tested.

The deputy chief medical officer; 

“Our basic case definition for a few time has been a replacement continuous cough or fever. which will change to a replacement continuous cough, or fever, or anosmia.

“Anosmia can continue for days and weeks after you’ve recovered from Covid which isn’t in itself – an equivalent as cough – isn’t a reason to remain home longer than the 7 day isolation period for a suspected case.

 “The reason for creating the change now’s that there has been a sign round the importance of anosmia as a symbol of Covid for a short time now.

“It’s been important to still check out that and make certain that we consider it and introduce it at the proper time once we think it’s getting to make a difference to how we devour cases.

“But let’s be clear, this has been quite difficult piece of science because there is a distinction between whether anosmia can occur with Covid-19 versus whether it occurs early enough to be a useful help in detecting more cases.”

 Research suggests anywhere between 13% to quite half COVID-19 patients experience anosmia.

Professor Tim Spector from King’s College London who runs the Covid Symptom Tracker app employed by over 3.6 million Brits to record their symptoms, said many infected people are affected by quite just fever and a dry cough – with loss of smell, lack of appetite and severe fatigue all quite common .

Spector added that there are even more symptoms like tiredness and stomach pain or diarrhoea that would be included as possible Coronavirus symptom. 

He said; 

“We list about 14 symptoms which we all know are associated with having a positive swab test.

“These aren’t being picked up by the NHS. This country is missing all of them and not only underestimating cases but also putting people in danger and continuing the epidemic.

“There’s no point telling people to be alert if they do not know the symptoms.”

This is coming after scientific advisers warned ministers that as many as 1 / 4 of Brit Coronavirus patients could also be overlooked because they do not have a cough or a fever. Ear, nose and throat doctors had also asked for more symptoms to be included. 

Health experts further stated that fever and cough remain important symptoms of Coronavirus to seem out for as loss of smell and taste should be signs of other respiratory infections like the cold . 

The World Health Organization says along side the foremost common symptoms of fever, cough and tiredness, people may have:

aches and pains
sore throat
conjunctivitis (red eye)
loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

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