England had revealed some new symptoms associated to the dreaded COVID-19, identifying them to be loss of taste and smell.
England’s deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam announced this today, saying anosmia patients will be eligible for COVID-19 test.
According to Van Tam, people who have anosmia (loss of smell) will have to be tested even if they don’t have other symptoms.
“Our basic case definition for some time has been a new continuous cough or fever. That will change to a new continuous cough, or fever, or anosmia. Anosmia can continue for days and weeks after you’ve recovered from Covid and that is not in itself – the same as cough – is not a reason to stay home longer than the 7 day isolation period for a suspected case. The reason for making the change now is that there has been a signal around the importance of anosmia as a symptom of Covid for a while now.” Read also: High Taste Without High Income Is High Blood Pressure – Hushpuppi Warns
“It’s been important to continue to look at that and be sure that we consider it and introduce it at the right time when we think it’s going to make a difference to how we pick up cases. But let’s be clear, this has been quite a difficult piece of science because there’s 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“, Jonathan Van-Tam said.