Anosmia: New symptom of coronavirus to look out for

What is anosmia?
Anosmia is the medical name for the complete loss of smell. It can be caused by allergies, a cold or flu, a sinus infection, nasal polyps (which are growths in the nose), or COVID-19.
If you are experiencing anosmia, and you can't smell anything, you should self-isolate even if you do not have any other coronavirus symptoms.
If you have a noticeably reduced sense of smell (which is called hyposmia), but it hasn't entirely disappeared, you should still self-isolate.
The NHS has also added the loss of the sense of taste to the coronavirus symptoms list, so if you are struggling to taste your food you should also self-isolate.
What are the other symptoms of coronavirus?
In the UK, a dry, continuous cough and a fever are the only other officially recognised coronavirus symptoms.
The World Health Organisation also lists tiredness as a common symptom, and aches and pains, sore throat , diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, headache, a rash on the skin or the discolouration of the fingers and toes as less common symptoms.
If you suffer difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chest pain, chest pressure, or loss of speech or movement, you should seek medical attention immediately.
If you have symptoms that you are unsure about, you can go to the NHS 111 website for advice.
You will answer a questionnaire that will help determine whether you have COVID-19, and it will tell you what to do next.
Only call NHS 111 if you cannot access the internet.

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