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Health and Wellbeing

Loss of taste/smell is a symptom of COVID-19

By Adrian 18 May 2020

Public Health England and the NHS have updated their information about COVID-19 today.

There are now THREE symptoms to look out for:

  • new persistent cough
  • high temperature (37.8C or above)
  • loss of, or change to, the sense of taste or smell.

Anyone with one or more of these symptoms must self-isolate for seven days from when the symptom(s) started.

See our article about self-isolation for more details and for specific advice and support for self-isolating in our intercollegiate halls.

Our information about social distancing has also been updated recently, to reflect new rules published by the UK government. The main changes are:

  • there is now no limit to the number of times per day that you can go outdoors for exercise or recreation;
  • you are allowed to meet one person from outside your household, outdoors whilst maintaining a distance of 2 metres;
  • members of the public are now advised to wear a face covering in circumstances where it may be more difficult to maintain social distancing, such as on public transport and in shops.

You can find all our information about COVID-19 HERE.

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Adrian is a medical doctor, the University of London Student Health & Wellbeing Manager, and the Warden of Connaught Hall. He is passionate about advancing equality, diversity, and inclusion. Adrian's interests include fitness, nutrition, mindfulness and insight meditation, medical education, social psychology, and human factors / crisis resource management.
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