A team at King’s College London looked at responses from over 400,000 people reporting suspected Covid-19 symptoms to an app, and they discovered that the most common symptom of coronavirus is the loss of smell.
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According to the study, the loss of smell was noticed among almost 60% of patients who were tested positive.
Professor Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, and Professor Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK, said: “We think these patients might be some of the hitherto hidden carriers that have facilitated the rapid spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, these patients do not meet current criteria for testing or self-isolation.”
Because of this, the scientists concluded that this symptom might be a better indicator than fever.
Besides, experts also warn the public to pay attention to their eyes since irritations can be caused by the coronavirus.