The UK is officially recognising a loss of taste and/or smell (‘anosmia’) as a symptom of COVID-19.
Since the outbreak began, the only confirmed signs of coronavirus infection have been a continuous dry cough and high temperature.
But the government has now updated its advice following recommendations from health experts – adding anosmia to the list of reasons to isolate or acquire a test.
Anyone who develops any of these symptoms should remain at home for seven days, avoiding contact with others.
Deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, who has been advising the government on COVID-19, said that more cases could be picked up by highlighting anosmia as an official warning sign of infection.
According to research, 13% to over 50% of people with coronavirus apparently experience anosmia at some stage.