A study of worldwide cases by the British Rhinological Society Profession and the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology found a significant proportion of coronavirus patients reported losing their sense of smell, taste or both.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends that people with symptoms associated with coronavirus self-isolate for at least three days after the "resolution of a fever without fever-reducing medications".
The current NHS advice puts the United Kingdom at odds with France, where people with loss of taste and smell are being advised to consider self-isolating even if they lack a cough or fever. However, if you live with others and you're the first in the household to have symptoms, then you must stay at home for seven days, while all other household members (whether they are ill or not) l must not leave the house for 14 days after the symptoms first emerged in the household.More news: Yuvraj Singh Opens Up on The Side Effect of IPL on Youngsters
The authors, reporting their results in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, say they don't yet know whether the virus might still be capable of transmission at the late stages of disease.
Primary symptoms included coughing, fever, pain in the pharynx (the membrane that connects the nose and mouth to the esophagus) and shortness of breath.
"One of the early symptoms (of COVID-19) that seems to be evident is significant anosmia, ' he told News GP".
Patients were discharged after recovering from coronavirus and confirmed as being negative by at least two consecutive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.More news: Coronavirus lockdown convinces De Bruyne to extend his career
"More severe infections may have even longer shedding times". But are they totally cleared of the virus?
The average duration of symptoms was 8 days, while the length of time patients remained contagious after the end of their symptoms ranged from one to 8 days. Recommended corresponding author, Lixin Xie, suggests that if you have contracted any mild respiratory symptoms from COVID-19 that you should extend your quarantine period by a further two weeks even after the symptoms have disappeared.
'COVID-19 patients can be infectious even after their symptomatic recovery, so treat the asymptomatic/recently recovered patients as carefully as symptomatic patient, ' they wrote. This is among the most commonly reported atypical symptoms, often along with other more commonly reported signs of coughing or fever.
They acknowledged that all of their patients had milder infections and recovered from the disease, and that the study looked at a small number of patients.More news: The Walking Dead Season 10 Finale Delayed Due To Coronavirus