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"Honestly, it took me like three meals to realize I have no taste and no smell", she told TIME on Tuesday over the phone from her home in London, where she is self-isolating.

Clinicians in the USA and elsewhere around the world have reported, anecdotally, that some patients infected with the virus experience anosmia, or an inability to smell. Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society and Prof.

Kumar is not alone.

And in Aiken county - the father of a toddler with asthma - who can't get a coronavirus test even with a doctor's order - can't taste or smell anything, a symptom that just developed today.

The doctors at ENT UK cited reports from South Korea, where 30 percent of 2,000 COVID-19 patients with mild cases reported losing their sense of smell as one of their main symptoms.

"The concept is it is an early warning radar device because we are asking about non-classical symptoms as well, because many people are reporting non-persistent cough, or feeling unwell or a unusual feeling of a lack of taste, or chest tightness that aren't in the classical list but if we see it across the country in clusters we know they are probably real [symptoms of Covid-19]", said Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, who is leading the work.

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Deborah Birx said at the White House coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday evening. Birx said this is more than what South Korea did in eight weeks.

The doctors recommended that the new symptom could be used as a "screening tool" to identify patients who are not having fever or dry cough, which are common symptom of coroinavirus infection. "It is a dramatic indicator". In my practice, patients all around me are reporting this. "Therefore, there are lots of carriers around".

Anosmia and hyposmia are historically linked to early symptoms of upper-respiratory infections - including previous strains of coronavirus - because the virus damages olfactory bulbs that are involved in the sense of smell. "If someone says yes, it would definitely make me more suspicious that they need further work-up".

But many other individuals experience a loss of smell for afflictions wholly unrelated to COVID-19: nasal and sinus disease, head trauma, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, stroke, brain tumors, aging, certain medications, tobacco, diabetes, hypothyroidism and exposure to chemical, toxins or metals. "It is obviously speculation at the moment", Kumar says.

But this coronavirus is a tiny particle so it can reach that area, and it actually affects the lining and the receptors in the roof of the nose. Experts aren't sure how common it is, or at what point in the progression of the disease a patient loses the ability to smell. "Our twins are fantastically committed, enthusiastic health research participants who have already been studied in unprecedented detail, putting us in a unique position to provide vital answers to support the global fight against COVID-19".

World Health Organization experts expressed a similar sentiment, announcing Monday they have not yet confirmed the loss of smell or taste as a symptom of the coronavirus. It can also be a good sign for doctors and nurses to know early on. "I didn't even think it could be related", he says. In an ideal situation, no one should have to rely on social media for medical advice, but given how fast this pandemic is moving and how much is still unknown about the coronavirus, many feel they have no other recourse.

One of the major complications of COVID-19, the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen, is that many who transmit the illness will show mild or no symptoms, making it very hard to identify how many people are infected with the disease and who is therefore likely to pass it on to others.

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