The American Academy of Otolaryngology on Sunday announced "rapidly accumulating" anecdotal evidence showed anosmia - the loss of smell - and dysgeusia - an altered sense of taste - were "significant symptoms" associated with COVID-19 when a patient had no other respiratory disease.
According to them, many patients around the world who have tested positive for coronavirus are only showing symptoms of loss of smell and taste, while missing more commonly recognized symptoms of high fever and coughing, reports Business Insider.
The world is now dealing with the pandemic that Coronavirus is, and while everyone has been taking their own measures to stay home and have been keeping up with the prescribed precautions, it looks like we still don't know everything about the COVID 19.
In the United Kingdom, the NHS guidance is to self-isolate if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
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"However, especially when these other conditions are not present, the possibility of a COVID-19 infection should be considered by medical professionals", Jatana noted. However, some experts have warned if you suddenly lose your sense of smell then you may want to self-quarantine immediately.
Experts are advising anyone experiencing these symptoms to self-isolate right away to avoid potentially spreading the illness.
Ear, nose and throat surgeons say a loss of smell, as the virus causes swelling in the olfactory mucosa, could be used as a key clinical indicator in otherwise symptom-free carriers of Covid-19.
The statement said that these symptoms warrant serious consideration for diagnosis of the individual and his or her self-isolation.
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"In Germany it is reported that more than 2 in 3 confirmed cases have anosmia". "In young patients, they do not have any significant symptoms, such as cough and fever, but they may have loss of sense of smell and taste", said Professor Nirmal Kumar, who is now serving as president of the association.
As COVID-19 continues to bring the world to a standstill, new research is shedding light on some of the more uncommon symptoms in patients. "I have personally seen four patients this week, all under 40, and otherwise asymptomatic except for the recent onset of anosmia - I usually see roughly no more than one a month", they said.
ENT specialist Kamrul Hasan Tarafder said that Asian countries including India and Singapore are also considering loss of smell and taste as symptoms of potential coronavirus infection.
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Hundreds of incarcerated men and women have already been released, including 600 in Los Angeles and 300 in San Francisco. Colombia will join the group from midnight on Tuesday with a 19-day mandatory lockdown of its 48 million population.