There have been reports in the media that the loss of taste or smell have been associated with people suffering from COVID-19.
Prof Carl Philpott, Professor of Rhinology & Olfactology, Norwich Medical School, UEA, said:
“Coronaviruses have previously been associated with what we refer to as post-viral olfactory loss– this is smell loss that persists after a cold. There are many respiratory viruses that can potentially cause problems with the smell receptors. So far with Covid-19, the smell loss appears to be transient but only as time elapses will we know how many people have a more permanent loss.
“The President of ENT UK (https://www.entuk.org/), Prof Nirmal Kumar recommends that people with this symptom should consider self-isolating. He has also made these findings available to the CMO.
“We’re not yet aware yet as to whether this symptom is common or a sign of a poor outcome but certainly recommend a warning sign to self-isolate and if heeded may help to prevent spread.”
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