Union Health Ministry, on Saturday, included loss of smell and taste to the COVID-19 symptoms list, which is referred by medical professionals to detect coronavirus. The other symptoms, which are already included in the list, are fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, sore throat and diarrhoea.
Health Ministry, through a document, stated that direct person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 occurs through close contact, mainly through respiratory droplets that are released when the infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
As per the document: “These droplets may also land on surfaces, where the virus remains viable. Infection can also occur if a person touches an infected surface and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.”
Health Ministry also warned that people over 60 years of age are particularly prone to get infected by coronavirus. Other high risk patients with diabetes, hypertension and cardiac diseases, among others, are also susceptible to COVID-19.