The UK government has added anosmia to the list of symptoms requiring individuals to self-isolate.
"From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia," the UK announced in a joint statement from the Department of Health and Social Care by the Chief Medical Officers of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales that can be read in full here.
Here's the science bit: Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.
The statement continued, "We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and, after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure."
In the light of this news, a revised list of symptoms has been release by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- NEW loss of taste or smell
Note that symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus, and other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and be careful out there Grazia girls.
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