Change in Official Guidance

People who experience a loss of smell or taste are being advised to get tested for Covid-19, in a change of guidance from the UK government.

Interim chief medical officer [Scotland], Dr Gregor Smith explains anosmia is the loss of a normal sense of smell. It can also affect sense of taste because the two senses are so closely linked, he says.

Dr Smith highlights that for many a change to taste and smell has been the earliest symptom and therefore may allow those with Covid-19 to be identified earlier.

He adds anosmia may not always be caused by coronavirus but on balance it has been agreed it will help early identification.

The interim CMO says people must stay home for seven days and, if symptoms persist, call NHS 24 on 111