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18 May 2020

CMOs add loss of, or change in, a person's normal sense of smell or taste as a symptom of COVID-19 requiring self-isolation

Introduced by

UK chief medical officers

Targeted at

Not applicable

Timings

Statement on 18 May 2020

Stated aims

To recommend this new measure after thorough consideration and monitoring of the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19

Summary

In their statement, the UK's chief medical officers (CMOs) add loss of, or change in, a person's normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) as a symptom of COVID-19. All individuals are told they should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. The individual's household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell.

Source(s)

Gov.uk news story