government is racing to implement a new “track and trace” regime to control
COVID-19, after nearly 35,000 deaths the worst toll in Europe.
taste and smell to its list of coronavirus symptoms Monday and broadened
eligibility for tests as it seeks to prevent a second wave of cases when the
should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or
anosmia,” the chief medical officers of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern
in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the
two are closely linked.
London last week found that people with a positive test result were three times
more likely to report loss of smell and taste than those who returned a
that Public Health England’s (PHE) previous insistence on only including fever
and cough as major symptoms meant thousands of cases were missed.
briefing, England’s deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, denied
this, saying anosmia was usually followed by a cough and fever and so “you
don’t miss those cases”.
difference” to improving diagnosis.
other countries including the United States also now count it as a symptom.
announced that anyone over the age of five with coronavirus symptoms could be
tested, with more than 100,000 tests a day now being carried out.
been recruited to try to identify and contain local outbreaks of coronavirus,
while a mobile phone app that could be used is currently being trialled.
nationwide lockdown has taken place, the death toll in Britain has slowed,
rising from 160 in the last 24 hours to 34,796.
people back to work in England, but it is not expected that schools and stores
will be reopened until at least June 1.