One of the country’s top ear, nose and throat consultants told Sky News that there are new signs to detect COVID-19 in patients.
The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) states that asymptomatic patients – those who do not have a fever or cough – may exhibit loss of smell or taste as symptoms after contraction coronavirus.
He said in a statement: “Evidence from other countries that the entry point for coronavirus is often in the areas of the eyes, nose and throat.
“We also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) which could mean that people with no other symptoms but with the loss of that sense alone may have to isolate themselves – again to reduce the spread of the virus.”
England’s current public health guidelines state that a high temperature or new continuous cough are the only symptoms that trigger self-isolation and stop the spread of COVID-19.
It comes after the organization has revealed that two of its consultants are fans and are under treatment COVID-19.
He said ENT specialists “most likely” contracted coronavirus in the course of their daily clinical work from people who showed no symptoms.
Professor Nirmal Kumarm, an ENT consultant and head and neck surgeon, said the nose was the main access point for the virus when we breathe coronavirus-infected droplets.
He said: “In young patients, they don’t have significant symptoms such as cough and fever, but they can only have loss of sense of smell and taste, which suggests that these viruses are settling in the nose.”
Dr Nathalie MacDermott, a clinical professor at King’s College London, said that infections that normally occur through the “nose or the back of the throat” often lead to a loss of sense of smell and taste, but they warned that research on the new symptoms of COVID-19 is not yet widespread in the medical community.
In the wake of the new symptoms, ENT UK also requested that all personal protective equipment (PPE) be distributed to frontline staff who closely monitor patients.
Professor Kumar added: “PPE is currently only available in limited quantities and will be reserved for use only when patients with emergencies present.”
Meanwhile, an A&E consultant told Sky News that The coronavirus epidemic in the United Kingdom could be worse than the Italian one and hospitals can be “completely submerged”.
The Italian system is “ahead of us in terms of ICU resources and beds,” he said, and days may pass before some hospitals reach capacity and patients begin to pour into the corridors.
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