Coronavirus UK update: Symptoms include chemesthesis – burning sensation from chillies


Coronavirus daily cases and deaths declined yesterday by 854 and 23, respectively. While this trajectory is encouraging, it comes after the Government’s scientists said the UK’s reproduction number remained above 1. The R number is a key indicator used to determine how quickly COVID-19 is spreading, representing the average number of people each person with the virus goes on to infect.

In other words, the sensation of coolness from menthol or irritation, or tingling or burning from chillies.

To investigate the link, the researchers conducted a multilingual, international questionnaire to assess self-reported quantity and quality of perception in three distinct chemosensory modalities – smell, taste, and chemesthesis – before and during COVID-19.

In the first 11 days after questionnaire launch, 4039 participants (2913 women, 1118 men, and eight others, aged 19-79) reported a COVID-19 diagnosis either via laboratory tests or clinical assessment.

Importantly, smell, taste, and chemesthetic function were each significantly reduced compared to their status before the disease.

You and anyone you live with should stay at home and not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone in your support bubble should also stay at home if you have been in close contact with them since your symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started.

A support bubble is where someone who lives alone (or just with their children) can meet people from one other household.




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