On that same account, about two-thirds of patients in Germany have reported losing their sense of smell, while almost a third of patients in Korea are experiencing a similar trend, albeit with milder cases for now.
"There have been a rapidly growing number of reports of a significant increase in the number of patients presenting with anosmia in the absence of other symptoms - this has been widely shared on medical discussion boards by surgeons from all regions managing a high incidence of cases", Hopkins and Kumar said in the letter. Hopkins said that two specialists in the United Kingdom became infected and are now in critical condition, and there were reports out of Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, of the same thing happening there. "What is true is that a significant number of patients infected with the coronavirus show a change in their sense of smell that also seriously impacts on their sense of taste".
Evidence from South Korea, China and Italy suggests that many patients with COVID-19 may have experienced a loss of smell without any other symptoms.
In Germany, specialists note that more than two-thirds of coronavirus cases experienced anosmia.
Dr Hopkins and Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK, a group representing ear, nose and throat doctors in Britain, said that transmission of the disease could be replicated in the nose and the throat and when that person coughs or sneezes in an exam, the doctor might be exposed with the disease.
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There's an unusual addition to the list of possible COVID-19 symptoms: A sudden loss of smell or taste may be a warning sign a person could be infected by the new coronavirus, European and USA experts said.
'Unfortunately, these patients do not meet current criteria for testing or self-isolation, ' said the statement.
Based on the information released by World Health Organization, the common symptoms showcased by positive COVID-19 patients are dry cough, tiredness, and fever.
On Sunday, American Academy of Otolaryngology in a statement said that anosmia, hyposmia and dysgeusia, or loss of taste, in patients having no history of allergy should alert physicians to potential coronavirus infection.
The professors called for anyone presenting the symptoms of loss of taste or smell to be instructed to self-isolate for seven days to prevent the potential further spread of the disease.