Covid symptoms: What is anosmia? How long do symptoms last?

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Covid symptoms: What is anosmia? How long do symptoms last?

Coronavirus can affect people differently, but many people report a loss or change in their sense of taste and smell. These symptoms can be frustra

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Coronavirus can affect people differently, but many people report a loss or change in their sense of taste and smell. These symptoms can be frustrating and can have an impact on people’s daily life.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell and taste.

If anyone has any of these symptoms, the NHS recommends people book a Covid test immediately to check if they have Covid-19.

People with symptoms of coronavirus, or those who live in the same household as someone with symptoms, must self-isolate until a test result comes back negative, in order to prevent any infection being passed to another person.

If a test comes back as positive, the entire household must isolate in line with the NHS guidance.

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All cases of people experiencing changes with their sense of smell, who find it does not go back to normal in a few weeks, should contact their GP.

Treating the cause may help relieve symptoms, while smell training is also available to help some people.

In some cases, changes can be permanent, and the NHS add: “If you have lost your sense of smell, you may not be able to smell things like gas leaks, fires and food that’s gone off. Fifth Sense has some safety advice if you have anosmia.”

Further information is available via the NHS website HERE. 



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