Coronavirus:  loss of taste or smell added to official symptoms - BBC News

Coronavirus: loss of taste or smell added to official symptoms – BBC News

Loss of taste and smell has been added to the list of official symptoms of coronavirus infection. Previously the list only included a high temperature and a new, continuous cough. The new guidance was set out by the Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Some doctors have criticised the government for acting too slowly. They say that loss of taste and smell were known to be symptoms weeks ago and leaving them off the official guidance meant that hundreds of thousands of cases may have been missed, with infection spread as a result.

The government has also announced that anyone in the UK aged 5 and over with symptoms of the coronavirus can now have a test. Ministers made the pledge despite frequently failing to reach their current target of 100,000 tests a day. Some key workers are still facing long waits to get their results.

Fiona Bruce presents BBC News at Ten reports from Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh and Health Editor Hugh Pym.


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