United Kingdom app launched to track coronavirus and help limit its spread

Grant Boone
March 25, 2020

Loss of the ability to smell or taste could be a warning sign of the deadly coronavirus, a recent report claimed.

"Many patients reporting this have mild [COVID-19] symptoms, sometimes a little bit of cough and sometimes a fever, but there are patients who are not reporting any other symptoms", he says.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists symptoms of the new coronavirus as fever, cough and shortness of breath, and that there's now no treatment or vaccine. These are symptoms that can come with many different types of respiratory illnesses and are not necessarily indicators of a specific type of infection.

Anosmia, which is the technical term for a loss of the sense of smell, is being reported in many patients who ultimately test positive for COVID-19 later on.

"We really want to raise awareness that this is a sign of infection and that anyone who develops loss of sense of smell should self-isolate", Prof.

And in Aiken county - the father of a toddler with asthma - who can't get a coronavirus test even with a doctor's order - can't taste or smell anything, a symptom that just developed today.

To get a better handle on the new symptom and its ties to coronavirus, Holbrook said he and his colleagues will be looking at people with anosmia and confirmed Covid-19, as well as those experiencing anosmia who have tested negative.

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He reveals that last week both of his parents fell ill, and he urged them to go to the hospital and get tested for Coronavirus. Towns said his mother's fever reached as high as 103 degrees and never went lower than 101.9 degrees with medications.

But many other individuals experience a loss of smell for afflictions wholly unrelated to COVID-19: nasal and sinus disease, head trauma, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, brain tumors, aging, certain medications, tobacco, diabetes, hypothyroidism and exposure to chemical, toxins or metals.

The website advises that if the patient's anosmia or hyposmia can not be satisfactorily accounted for by allergies or sinusitis, the physician should think immediately of testing for coronavirus.

For most of us, symptoms of Covid-19 may already be something that we are pretty familiar with, given the frequency by which we are reminded of them in the news. Experts urged that anosmia should be added to the list of symptoms found in screening tools for possible COVID-19.

As of Monday afternoon, the CDC reported 33,404 known cases of COVID-19 in the USA and 400 deaths.

A joint statement from Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, and Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK, suggests this symptomatic observation is being seen in patients suffering from very mild, or even asymptomatic, COVID-19 cases.

Some doctors in Italy have also said that the loss of taste and smell indicates that someone is likely carrying the virus and infecting others. Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets. "I lost a lot of weight in that first week that I have not been able to put back on", Fiona Lowenstein, the patient, said. That will allow them to compare both groups and understand whether anosmia is truly a core coronavirus symptom.

As coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines, now United Kingdom researchers have launched a new app to help track the spread of Covid-19.

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