New Coronavirus symptoms – COVID19
Coronavirus carriers could lose their sense of smell and taste, British doctors say
Patients who have no obvious symptoms of coronavirus but lose their ability to taste and smell could be unwitting carriers of COVID-19, according to an association of British ear, nose and throat doctors.
Professor Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK, a body representing ear, nose and throat surgeons, said covid-19 patients are presenting with these symptoms, even when they do not have the other more common symptoms of fever and cough.
He advised that people in the UK should self isolate if they experience these new symptoms. “In young patients, they do not have any significant symptoms such as the cough and fever, but they may have just the loss of sense of smell and taste, which suggests that these viruses are lodging in the nose”, he told Sky News.
After National Basketball Association player Rudy Gobert-Bourgarel caught the coronavirus, he wondered whether others had suffered the same loss of smell and taste he experienced.
Just to give you guys an update, loss of smell and taste is definitely one of the symptoms, haven’t been able to smell anything for the last 4 days. Anyone experiencing the same thing?
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) March 22, 2020
— ENT UK (@ENT_UK) March 23, 2020
nhs.uk say the symptoms of coronavirus are:
– a cough
– a high temperature
– shortness of breath
It’s very unlikely to be coronavirus if:
you have not been in close contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus
you have not been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus in the last 14 days – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
If you think you might have coronavirus, use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.