Coronavirus Outbreak – Loss of Smell or Taste ‘May Be a Sign of COVID-19’
A group of researchers from King’s College London examined the signs that 400,000 people suspected of being caught on COVID-19 had entered an app. The lack of taste and smell is also among these symptoms.
What are the symptoms of the study?
The symptoms entered into the application developed to follow up on the symptoms of the disease are as follows:
- Fatigue 53 %
- Ongoing cough 29 %
- Shortness of breath 28 %
- Not being able to smell or taste 18%
- Fever 10.5 %
As the loss of smell and taste can also be seen in the common cold, experts note that the biggest symptoms of COVID-19 continue to be fever and cough.
For this reason, he suggests that people living with someone who suffers from long-lasting cough and high fever should quarantine themselves and stay home to stop the spread of the virus in case they get infected.
So, can not smell and taste be considered among the critical symptoms?
According to experts, this has not been proven yet.
1,702 out of 400,000 people surveyed say they took a coronavirus test. The test result of 579 people was positive and test results of 1,123 people were negative.
59 percent of those who tested positive report that they experience loss of smell and taste.
The UK Public Health department and the World Health Organization have not yet officially listed this as a symptom.
Researchers at King’s College say that the loss of taste and smell is a follow-up tool when examining COVID-19, but this alone cannot be enough to make a diagnosis.
Professor Tim Spector, who is at the head of the research team, said, “When combined with other symptoms according to the data we have, people who do not get smell and taste are three times more likely to become COVID-19 patients. So those who show such symptoms should quarantine themselves for at least 7 days to stop the virus from spreading. ” made a statement.