COVID-19; loss of taste or smell added to symptoms that should trigger self-isolation

18 May, 2020 / infocus
 Will Peakin  

The Scottish Government has published a joint statement from the four UK Chief Medical Officers.

“From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia,” it said.

“Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

“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.

“The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.”

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