Coronavirus symptoms: Confused whether you have COVID-19? Expert reveals key indicator

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The virus is a respiratory infection so many people will chalk their symptoms up to having a cold.

What’s more, hay fever season is underway so seasonal allergies are further muddying the waters.

If you are unsure whether your symptoms are a sign of COVID-19, Professor Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society and a leading ear, nose and throat consultant surgeon, has provided some clarity.

After being contacted by a video producer called Ian Nuttall, 56, who noticed he had lost his sense of smell, Prof Hopkins said: “When you look at all the different symptoms, loss of sense of smell is actually one of the best predictors of Covid-19 infection.

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