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Loss Of Smell And Taste Added To List Of Coronavirus Symptoms

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England’s deputy chief medical officer, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam on Monday May 18 announced the addition of loss of taste and smell to the official list of Coronavirus symptoms in the country.

Van-Tam said victims of anosmia (the clinical name for a loss of smell) will also be eligible for Coronavirus testing even if they don’t have other symptoms. Before now, only Brits with a new fever or persistent cough were told to self-isolate and allowed to get tested.

Loss of smell and taste added to list of Coronavirus symptoms

The deputy chief medical officer;

“Our basic case definition for some time has been a new continuous cough or fever. That will change to a new continuous cough, or fever, or anosmia.

“Anosmia can continue for days and weeks after you’ve recovered from Covid and that is not in itself – the same as cough – is not a reason to stay home longer than the 7 day isolation period for a suspected case.

“The reason for making the change now is that there has been a signal around the importance of anosmia as a symptom of Covid for a while now.

“It’s been important to continue to look at that and be sure that we consider it and introduce it at the right time when we think it’s going to make a difference to how we pick up cases.

Loss of smell and taste added to list of Coronavirus symptoms

“But let’s be clear, this has been quite a difficult piece of science because there’s a distinction between whether anosmia can occur with Covid-19 versus whether it occurs early enough to be a useful help in detecting more cases.”

Research suggests anywhere between 13% to more than half of COVID-19 patients experience anosmia.

Professor Tim Spector from King’s College London who runs the Covid Symptom Tracker app used by over 3.6 million Brits to record their symptoms, said many infected people are suffering from more than just fever and a dry cough – with loss of smell, lack of appetite and severe fatigue all very common.

Spector added that there are even more symptoms such as tiredness and stomach pain or diarrhoea that could be included as possible Coronavirus symptom.

Loss of smell and taste added to list of Coronavirus symptoms

He said;

“We list about 14 symptoms which we know are related to having a positive swab test.

“These are not being picked up by the NHS. This country is missing them all and not only underestimating cases but also putting people at risk and continuing the epidemic.

“There’s no point telling people to be alert if they don’t know the symptoms.”

This is coming after scientific advisers warned ministers that as many as a quarter of Brit Coronavirus patients may be overlooked because they don’t have a cough or a fever. Ear, nose and throat doctors had also asked for more symptoms to be included.

Health experts further stated that fever and cough remain important symptoms of Coronavirus to look out for as loss of smell and taste may still be signs of other respiratory infections such as the common cold.

The World Health Organization says along with the most common symptoms of fever, cough and tiredness, people may have:

aches and pains
sore throat
diarrhoea
conjunctivitis (red eye)
headache
loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes

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Lionel Messi Blasts Barcelona For ‘Throwing’ Luis Suárez Out Of The Club

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Lionel Messi has launched a fresh attack on Barcelona’s hierarchy for the way the club treated his close friend Luis Suárez after the striker left for rival club, Atlético Madrid.

The Argentine playmaker, who threatened to leave Barça last month and recently hit out at the club’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu’s leadership, said Suárez was harshly treated and ‘thrown out’ of the club.

In an emotional goodbye post dedicated to Suarez, the club’s third-highest scorer of all time, Messi wrote: “I had already begun to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it truly dawned on me. It’s going to be so difficult to not continue to share every day with you both on the pitches and away from them.

“We’re going to miss you so much. We spent many years together, many mates, many lunches and many dinners. So many things we will never forget, all the time we spent together.

“It will be strange to see you in another shirt and much more to come up against you on the pitch. You deserved a farewell that fit with who you are: one of the most important players in the history of the club. Someone who achieved great things for the team and on an individual level.

“You did not deserve for them to throw you out as they did. But the truth is that at this stage nothing surprises me anymore.”

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Ya me venía haciendo la idea pero hoy entré al vestuario y me cayó la ficha de verdad. Que difícil va a ser no seguir compartiendo el día a día con vos, tanto en las canchas como afuera. Los vamos a extrañar muchísimo. Fueron muchos años, muchos mates, comidas, cenas… Muchas cosas que nunca se van a olvidar, todos los días juntos. Va a ser raro verte con otra camiseta y mucho más enfrentarte. Te merecías que te despidan como lo que sos: uno de los jugadores más importantes de la historia del club, consiguiendo cosas importantes tanto en lo grupal como individualmente. Y no que te echen como lo hicieron. Pero la verdad que a esta altura ya no me sorprende nada. Te deseo todo lo mejor en este nuevo desafío. Te quiero mucho, los quiero mucho. Hasta pronto, amigo.

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On Thursday, an emotional Suarez said goodbye to Barcelona and paid tribute to Messi after sealing a switch to Atletico Madrid. The Uruguay international had previously made it clear that he wanted to stay and see out his contract but was told by Barca’s new coach Ronald Koeman that his playing days were over at the club.

Suarez helped the club win four LaLiga titles, four Copa del Rey crowns, and the Champions League in 2015. He scored 195 goals and provided 113 assists in 283 outings for the club before his exit.

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Western Togoland ‘Military’ Group Block Major Roads To The Volta Region

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Reports reaching KUBILIVE reveal there is chaos on Kpong-Akosombo road as young men believed to be members of the Western Togoland have mounted roadblock at Akrade preventing vehicular movement.

The group said to be wielding implements and sticks chanting war songs mounted the roadblock around 3: 00 am Friday turning away vehicles as they claim ownership of the area.

Armed Police and Military officers have been deployed to the scene.

The Western Togolanders also used heaps of sands to block the Mepe-Sege road and the Accra-Ho road at Juapong preventing the flow of traffic.

As a result of the blocks, most passengers traveling to areas in the Volta Region including Tefle, Tsopoli, and Juapong have all been left stranded

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15-Year-Old Girl Smoking Sparks Outrage On Twitter | WATCH

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A video of a 15-year-old girl smoking was uploaded to Twitter and it has sparked outrage.

The number 1 trending topic at the moment amongst Nigerians on Twitter is “She’s 15” as people debate the girl’s action.

15-year-old girl smoking, sparks outrage on Twitter (video)

A number of people have been condemning the girl, while some made a case for her, saying we all did silly things at 15 but didn’t film it.

Watch below.

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