England’s deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has said on Monday that loss of smell or taste is to now be added to the NHS coronavirus symptoms list.
Anyone who has loss or taste, or smell are now being told to self-isolate for seven days to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Professor Van-Tam criticised the government as people who are infected are being encouraged to go back to work, due to failings in tracing the symptoms of the virus properly.
Professor Spector, the head of the department of genetic epidemiology and leader of the Covid symptom study app at King’s, said 50,000 to 70,000 people in the UK with coronavirus are currently not being told to self-isolate even though they had the virus.
Professor Sector blamed the wider strategy that thousands of cases are being missed, as a cough and fever were the only symptoms the government placed on the list.
Professor Van-Tam explained the change, saying it was important to “introduce it at the right time when we think it’s going to make a difference moving forwards to how we pick up cases.”
Government advisers on new viruses at the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG), have been monitoring anosmia and other potential symptoms, since March.
The loss of taste or smell is clinically known as anosmia, which will now be added to the NHS symptoms list.