Scientists urge people who lose sense of taste and smell to self-isolate

Losing your sense of taste and smell may be a key symptom of the coronavirus, research suggests.

Officials have long stressed that a fever or persistent dry cough are the two tell-tale signs of infection, but many suspected patients have also complained of muted senses.

To learn more, scientists from King’s College London analysed data collected by the COVID Symptom Tracker App. The coronavirus is thought to be mild in four out of five cases, but it can trigger a respiratory disease called COVID-19.