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Health consultants share new symptoms for detecting deadly coronavirus

Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a new deadly illness which can affect your lungs and airways.

The NHS says the main symptoms to look out for to be able to identify the bug are fever and a dry cough.

In the UK, cases have surpassed 4,000, with coronavirus taking the lives of over 183 Brits, according to NHS England reports.

Now one of the country’s leading Ear, Nose and Throat consultants has revealed there is a new sign when detecting the illness in patients.

The British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) say asymptomatic patients – ones who do not have a fever or a cough – could show a loss of smell or taste.

A statement to Sky News read: “Evidence from other countries that the entry point for the coronavirus is often in the eyes, nose and throat areas.

"We have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate – again to reduce the spread of the virus."

In recent days, the UK government has been encouraging people to work from home if possible in a bid to contain the virus from spreading further.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced to implement strict measures across the country by closing pubs, clubs, theatres and leisure centres.

If you do experience symptoms associated with COVID-19, you are encouraged to self-isolate for seven days if you live alone or 14 days if you are with others.

  • Listen to what a coronavirus cough sounds like so you know when to self-isolate

Here are 13 coronavirus symptoms to look out for:

  1. Painful sinuses
  2. Ear pressure
  3. Thumping headache
  4. Burning eyes
  5. Contracted throat
  6. Aches all over
  7. Lumps that “sound like a pair bag”
  8. Fatigue
  9. Lack of appetite
  10. Fever
  11. Tight chest and coughing spells
  12. Similar to jet lag
  13. Feeling like passing out

Coronavirus: What you need to know

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night told Brits to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres

  • All over-70s, pregnant women and adults who would normally ask to have a flu vaccine were told to "avoid all social contact"

  • The UK's coronavirus death toll hit 60 – with nearly 2,000 confirmed cases so far

  • It emerged that over 250,000 people would have died under the government's initial plan

  • Supermarkets across Britain slashed their services to stay open during the coronavirus outbreak

And it is believed one of the first telltale symptoms of coronavirus is a tummy ache.

The study, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, claimed those who have coronavirus experience tummy ache before developing other symptoms.

It was discovered that 48.5% of the patients, who all had COVID-19, were experiencing digestive symptoms such has diarrhoea, vomiting or abdominal pain when they went to hospital.

For some of the patients, the researchers found out it was the first symptom that presented itself, before other flu-like symptoms.

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