Six more coronavirus symptoms have been added to the official number of symptoms in the US after doctors reported seeing them manifesting in different patients.
Initially the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) listed just three symptoms for Covid-19 which were: shortness of breath, a cough and a fever.
But as doctors have learned more about the deadly bug, which has claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people in the UK, they have updated their list of symptoms.
The CDC in America now reports the symptoms which could appear between two to 14 days of exposure to the virus as: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell
In an Iranian study, 76% of Covid-19 patients who reported a loss of smell said it had a sudden onset. In many of the cases, anosmia, as it’s called, appeared before other symptoms.
Vallery Lomas, a 34-year-old champion baker, told the Washington Post: “It scared the hell out of me.
“I could smell nothing for probably five days.”
Professor Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society and a leading ear, nose and throat consultant surgeon, is leading the charge to get loss of sense of smell recognised by the World Health Organization and Public Health England as a coronavirus symptom.