It has long been known in medical literature that a sudden loss of smell, or anosmia, may be associated with certain respiratory infections.
"Previously described coronaviruses are thought to account for 10-15% cases. It is therefore perhaps no surprise that the novel COVID-19 virus would also cause anosmia in infected patients," the ENT UK statement said.
"There is already good evidence from South Korea, China, and Italy that significant numbers of patients with proven COVID-19 infection have developed anosmia," the statement said.
"In Germany, it is reported that more than 2 in 3 confirmed cases have anosmia. In South Korea, where testing has been more widespread, 30% of patients testing positive have had anosmia as their major presenting symptom in otherwise mild cases."
Smell and taste disorders are typically treated by an otolaryngologist. An assessment of a smell disorder typically would include a physical examination of the ears, nose, and throat; a review of your health history and a smell test, among other analyses.
Overall, "I think we're getting a little bit more insight into the types of symptoms that patients might have," CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said on New Day on Monday morning.
"In a study out of China where they looked at some of the earliest patients, some 200 patients, they found that digestive or stomach GI symptoms were actually there in about half the patients," Gupta said.
"Initially this was thought to be almost solely respiratory," he said, adding that "fever and cough and shortness of breath" still appear to be the prevailing symptoms of Covid-19.