Coronavirus was only previously suspected if a person had a new continuous cough or fever, but ‘anosmia’ is now included

Coronavirus was only previously suspected if a person had a new continuous cough or fever, but ‘anosmia’ is now included

Speaking just before the new advice was issued, Prof Spector said: “Someone has got to urgently ask this question of why we’re the only country in this crisis that isn’t really widening our group of symptoms and get on with it and do something.”
He said 17 other countries had now changed their advice, as had the World Health Organisation, the European Union and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to take on a broader range of symptoms.
“At the moment, people are being told to go back to work if they are a care worker and they have got something like loss of smell and taste, severe muscle pains and fatigue things that we know have shown are related to being swabbed positive.
“This country is missing them all and a underestimating cases but also putting people at risk and continuing the epidemic,” he added.
He also urged all Britons to sign up to use the new tracing app in order to track symptoms across the UK.
Prof Nirmal Kumar from ENT UK, the body representing ear, nose and throat doctors, said the change was “better late than never”.
He said: “We had been asking for this almost eight weeks ago. The delay has not helped at all.”
It came as a study of more than 4,000 patients with a diagnosis of Covid-19, by the University of East Anglia, found they suffered an 89 per cent and 76 per cent drop in smell and taste respectively.  
Salty taste was the most common type of taste to be reduced or changed.

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