Doctor urges people to be aware of ‘most unnoticeable’ coronavirus symptom
Coronavirus cases are starting to fall in much of the country, but the levels still remain dangerously high.
The message is still to Stay At Home to avoid spreading coronavirus.
One of the most important things to do is to self isolate if you suspect you might have Covid-19, which is why being aware of the symptoms is key.
By now most of us will be aware of the most common symptoms – a new continuous cough, a fever and a loss of taste/smell.
If you have any of these three symptoms, you should self isolate immediately, according to the NHS.
And according to Medicine Direct's Superintendent Pharmacist, Hussain Abdeh, you should be very wary of the most unnoticeable symptom of coronavirus – loss of smell or taste.
This is one of the biggest warnings signs of coronavirus infection.
You don’t necessarily have to have a blocked nose to lose your smell or taste, which is why it can go unnoticed.
If you lose your sense of smell or taste you should self-isolate and book a coronavirus test.
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Abdeh told Express Health : “Aside from the more publicised symptoms of COVID-19, such as a dry cough and a fever, neurological issues are also a symptom of the virus.
“Studies that have been carried out recently suggest one of the biggest symptoms of Covid-19 may also be one of the most unnoticeable.
"This is losing your senses of taste and smell. You do not need to suffer a blocked nose to lose these senses and it can last for up to two weeks.”
A study has recently found that people who test positive for the new variant, also known as the Kent mutation, are less likely to report loss of taste and smell.
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that those suffering from the mutation are more likely to get a cough, sore throat, tiredness and muscle pain.
Meanwhile, another study found that three strange body changes could be an early sign of Covid.
These are changes to the hands, feet and mouth – such as Covid tongue.
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