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Loss of taste and smell key COVID-19 symptoms, report declares

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

These results, which were posted online but not peer-reviewed, were much stronger in predicting a positive COVID-19 diagnosis than self-reported fever, researchers at King’s College London said.

Losing your sense of smell and taste could be a key symptom of COVID-19, a new study suggests.

The researchers say the app could help slow the outbreak and identify more swiftly those at risk of contracting COVID-19.

If enough people participate in sharing their symptoms, the scientists said, the app could also provide healthcare systems with critically valuable information.

“This app-based study is a way to find out where the COVID-19 hotspots are, new symptoms to look out for, and might be used as a planning tool to target quarantines, send ventilators and provide real-time data to plan for future outbreaks,” said Andrew Chan, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School in the US who is co-leading the study.

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