Tuesday, May 19, 2020 – Scientists in the United Kingdom have added the loss of sense of smell or taste to the official list of coronavirus symptoms.

Previously, a person was suspected to have the covid19 virus if he/she has a new continuous dry cough or fever.

“From today all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia,” a statement from the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom said.

Anosmia refers to the loss of or changes in a person’s sense of smell.

According to Professor Jonathan Van Tam, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the addition would mean identifying up to 3 per cent more cases of the virus in the community.

“Cough and loss of smell or taste can persist after seven days.”

“You do not need to keep self-isolating after seven days unless you have a high temperature or are unwell,” says the advice.

Additionally, loss of smell and taste may still be signs of other respiratory infections, such as the common cold.

However, experts maintain that fever and cough remain the vital symptoms of coronavirus to look out for.

The Kenyan DAILY POST.


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