Anyone experiencing a sudden loss of smell could be a “hidden carrier” of the coronavirus, even if they have no other symptoms, according to evidence compiled by leading rhinologists in the UK.
Medical professionals don’t even know the exact symptoms experienced by everyone. However, fever, dry cough, tiredness, and difficulty breathing appear to be the most common so far, according to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization.
British ear, nose and throat doctors cited reports from other colleagues around the world and concluded that a loss of smell could be a warning sign of coronavirus. Professionals have warned that failure of taste and smell could be signs of coronavirus as two NHS consultants receive critical care after catching an infection from patients.
The official list of coronavirus symptoms should be expanded to include loss of smell and taste, senior medics have demanded, as patients also report stomach pains and sore eyes. Ordering those with impaired smell and taste to self-isolate could significantly slow the spread of Covid-19, the experts said.
The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) said the new symptom was increasingly found in the “absence of other symptoms” of COVID-19.
The official list of coronavirus symptoms should be expanded to include loss of smell and taste, senior medics have demanded, as patients also report stomach pains and sore eyes. However, specialist doctors say that in recent days they have been “inundated” with a wave of patients reporting the sudden loss – usually within 24 hours – of their sense of smell and taste.
In a statement, it said: ‘Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose and throat areas.
According to Sky News “we have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate – again to reduce the spread of the virus.”
Two ears, nose and throat specialists in Britain who have been infected with the coronavirus are in critical condition, Dr. Hopkins said. Earlier reports from Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus first emerged, had warned that ear, nose and throat specialists as well as eye doctors were infected and dying in large numbers, Dr. Hopkins said.
“There have been a rapidly growing number of reports of a significant increase in the number of patients presenting with anosmia in the absence of other symptoms,” the statement says. “Iran has reported a sudden increase in cases of isolated anosmia, and many colleagues from the US, France, and Northern Italy have the same experience.”