Coronavirus symptoms update

Following a statement from the UK Chief Medical Officer, the loss of taste and smell has been added to the list of symptoms that may indicate that a person has coronavirus. 

All individuals should self-isolate if they develop any of the following symptoms.

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual); OR
  • a recent loss of taste or smell – has your ability to taste been dulled recently? Or can you no longer smell things you used to be able to?

The individual’s households should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 10 days, or longer if they still have a high temperature. 

The Chief Medical Officer has said, ‘they have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and, after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure’.

The COVID-19 NI symptom checker has been updated this week to reflect the change. 

Categories: General Information
Updated: 3 months ago Posted: May 22, 2020 7:58 am Share: