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.
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.
“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.
“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
conjunctivitis (red eye)
loss of taste or smell
a rash on skin, or discolouration of fingers or toes
Mario Balotelli ‘Sacked’ By His Club Brescia After Skipping Training For 10 Days
Italian football striker, Mario Balotelli has reportedly been sacked by his club Brescia after he skipped training for ten days.
Reports in Italy on Saturday morning claimed Brescia owner Massimo Cellino sent the controversial footballer a letter requesting the termination of his three-year contract at the club after he failed to show up for training when lockdown restrictions were eased.
The 29-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool player was contracted to Brescia until 2022, following the £160,000-per-week deal he signed with his hometown club back in August 2019.
It was reported that his contract with Brescia was set to be terminated at the end of the 2019/20 campaign. But according to Football Italia and Gazzetta dello Sport, his contract with the club has now been terminated.
Newspaper Repubblica also claimed that both Cellino and Balotelli, who earns £877,000-a-year at Brescia have also reached a financial settlement.
Speaking in a recent interview with BBC, Cellino admitted his regret at signing Balotelli who scored five goals in 19 games for the club.
He said: ‘I think we both made a mistake,’ Cellino told the BBC’s World Football programme.
‘I thought that coming to Brescia, which is his town, would commit him very much.
‘At the same time, I think he was handled the wrong way by my previous coach [Eugenio Corini].
‘He doesn’t show up to training, he doesn’t look very committed let’s say, for the future of the club. That’s the problem.
‘Balotelli’s got a contract in Serie A, but he doesn’t have a contract in Serie B. So if we’re relegated, Balotelli won’t have a contract any more.
‘Balotelli apparently doesn’t like to stay in Italy anymore because he’s not acting that way.’
You Cheated On Me’ : Lady Calls Out Ned Nwoko After He Shared Regina Daniels Baby Bump Photo On IG
A lady has made a very damning allegation about popular Nollywood actress Regina Daniels’ husband, Ned Nwoko.
The lady identified as @dutchess_emmy accused Ned Nwoko of cheating on her and after breaking her heart, had to come out to publicly announce the pregnancy of Regina Daniels.
Dutchess_emmy made this allegation after Ned Nwoko shared a baby bump photo of her 6th wife, Regina Daniels where he officially stated that he and Regina is expecting their first child.
However, it appears the Instagram lady was in a serious relationship with the 64-year-old business mogul but their affair did not end up in marriage like how it happened for him and the Nigerian screen star.
Taking to the comment section of Ned Nwoko’s post, the jilted lady expressed shock at Ned Nwoko’s gesture.
‘Wow you cheated on me and you announcing this publicly @princenednwoko check your Whatsapp’.
Michael Jordan To Donate $100 million To Organizations Fighting For Racial Justice And Equality
Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand on Friday announced a $100 million donation to help the ongoing fight against racial injustice.
In a joint statement released by his manager Estee Portnoy, the basketball legend said that over the next 10 years, he and his brand will donate $100 million to “organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”
“Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family,” the statement begins. “We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice.”
It continues, “The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next. It’s 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same.”
“Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people,” they share.
Joint Statement from Michael Jordan & Jordan Brand regarding $100m donation. pic.twitter.com/yYXWh5eBZl
— Estee Portnoy (@esteep) June 5, 2020
In his previous statement on George Floyd’s death and the ongoing police brutality and racial injustice protests, the 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls great and owner of the Charlotte Hornets said he was “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry.”
“I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough,” he said. “… We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability.”
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