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Mr Hancock, for the first time, has said that people experiencing a loss or change int heir sense of smell – even without the presence of other COVID-19 symptoms – should self isolate for seven days.
Mr Hancock told the House of Commons: “The four UK chief medical officers have today updated the case definition to include a new symptom.
“Throughout this pandemic we have said that if you develop a new, continuous cough or a fever, then you should immediately self isolate.
“From today, we are including anosmia, which means that if you have lost your sense of smell or are experiencing a change in your normal sense of smell or taste, that can be a symptom of coronavirus, even where other symptoms are not present.