Nurse Jany Guedes, right, takes a sample for testing from Maria Laso at a drive-through testing site for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Doris Ison Health Center, on Friday, March 20, 2020, in Miami.
In the United Kingdom, the NHS guidance is to self-isolate if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.
"Anosmia, in particular, has been seen in patients who eventually tested positive for the coronavirus without other symptoms", a statement said on the academy's website.
Two days later, Gobert was diagnosed with COVID-19 setting off a chain of events that has led to a hiatus of sports in the United States and around the world. However, some experts have warned if you suddenly lose your sense of smell then you may want to self-quarantine immediately.
On Saturday, the ENT UK in a statement said that a significant number of patients, who suffered from COVID-19 in South Korea, China and Italy, developed hyposmia, which is a reduced ability to smell and to detect odours, or anosmia, in which no odours can be detected.
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And Rudy Gobert, the Utah Jazz player who was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the National Basketball Association, said that losing both senses was "definitely" one of his symptoms.
Losing those senses appears to be an early sign of the virus, officially termed COVID-19, and was a common symptom among patients in South Korea, China and Italy, according to ENT UK, an organization of ear, nose and throat doctors in the United Kingdom.
In Iran, there had been reports of some cases where the patients who are positive to the COVID-19 are only experiencing anosmia.
The announcement came a day after ENT UK, an association that represents British ear, nose and throat doctors, issued a similar warning.
"The symptoms, in the absence of allergies or sinusitis, should alert doctors to screen patients for the virus and should seriously consider self-isolation and testing of these individuals".
"We have also identified a new symptom (loss of sense of smell and taste) that may mean that people without other symptoms but with just the loss of this sense may have to self-isolate - again to reduce the spread of the virus". Additionally, the professors have asked to self isolate if in case these symptoms have been found so as to stop the further spread.