Two more coronavirus symptoms added
Two more symptoms, anosmia and ageusia have been added to the list of previous seven coronavirus symptoms by the Health ministry. Anosmia refers to the loss of smell, while ageusia refers to the loss of taste. According to Health Ministry these two symptoms have been reported before the onset of the respiratory symptoms. The other seven symptoms include fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, myalgia and rhinorrhea, sore throat and diarrhea.
- According to a health ministry document transmission from one person to other occurs through close contact via the respiratory droplets that are released when the infected person talks, sneezes or coughs.
- India has seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases reported in the country with the overall tally now over the 3 lakh mark.
- Delhi, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are three most affected states in the country with more than 175,000 cases.
- The health ministry in its report titled 'Clinical Management Protocol: Covid-19' has said that Covid-19 patients reporting to various treatment facilities have reported signs and symptoms including fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, myalgia, rhinorrhea, sore throat, diarrhoea.
- The ministry quoting data of Integrated Health Information Platform/ Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme portal case investigation forms for Covid-19, said that the details on the signs and symptoms reported (as on June 11) are -- fever (27 per cent), cough (21 per cent), sore throat (10 per cent), breathlessness (8 per cent), weakness (7 per cent), running nose (3 per cent) and others 24 per cent.
- According to an expert, even though the symptom is not specific to Covid-19 as one may suffer from loss of smell and taste when they have flu or influenza, it could be one of the early signs of the onset of the disease and prompt detection may help in early treatment.
- The US' national public health institute the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had in early May incorporated "a new loss of taste or smell" in the list of Covid-19 symptoms.
- According to the Indian Council of Medical Research's revised testing strategy for Covid-19 issued on May 18, all returnees and migrants with symptoms of influenza-like illness (ILI) are to be tested within seven days of the onset of the trails.
- All hospitalised patients who develop ILI symptoms and frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of Covid-19 having such symptoms will also be tested for Covid-19 through the RT-PCR test.
- Symptomatic ILI patients living in coronavirus hotspots or containment zones, all patients of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI), symptomatic healthcare workers also are eligible for testing as per the guidelines.