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Loss Of Smell And Taste Added To Official List Of Coronavirus Symptoms

Loss Of Smell And Taste Added To Official List Of Coronavirus Symptoms”

A loss of smell or taste has been added to the official list of coronavirus symptoms, with anyone who develops this being told that they must self-isolate for seven days.

Medically known as anosmia, the advice now says people should isolate if they have a new continuous cough, or fever, or anosmia.

Anyone with a loss of taste or smell - or noticeable changes - should now self-isolate for seven days, under new Covid-19 rules from the UK's chief medical officers.

Van-Tam also advised anyone who notices a distinct change in their sense of taste or smell, to self-isolate for seven days.

It comes after a major study, published last week by Professor Tim Spector at King's College London, found that people with a positive test result were three times more likely to report loss of smell and taste as a symptom than those who went on to test negative.

The symptoms will now join fever and cough as main indicators of the virus, with Van-Tam saying it would mean a 2% rise in picking up cases.

Professor Tim Spector, from King's College London, whose team is tracking the symptoms of hundreds of thousands of people across the United Kingdom, also said on April 1 that people with those symptoms should stay at home.

Until now, the NHS 111 coronavirus symptom checker has listed high temperature and cough as the symptoms of Covid-19.

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"It's an unusual symptom for respiratory infections but it has been reported in China, in Italy, in Iran and other parts of the world early on in the outbreak, so I don't know why it took so long to be added to the list in the UK", Dr Cowling said.

Ear, nose and throat specialists have been warning for weeks that loss of smell and taste are symptoms of coronavirus.

The four senior advisers have jointly signed a letter updating the coronavirus symptoms list adding the loss of sense of smell or taste to the list.

He said 17 other countries including the U.S. had altered their list of symptoms, but not the UK.

On Monday, Prof Van-Tam said people should now watch out for a "loss of or change in your normal" sense of smell or taste.

According to Professor Van-Tam, a "very close eye" was being kept on anosmia "for quite some time". The changes come two months after concerns were raised by doctors that cases were being missed because these symptoms were being dismissed.

He said the NHS was failing to track all symptoms of coronavirus, including loss of taste and smell.

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