The centre has added new symptoms of COVID-19 in a document published for use by health professionals as a reference. “Loss of smell and taste” has been added to a list of nine other symptoms in the document “Clinical Management Protocol: COVID-19”.
The other symptoms are fever, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, expectoration, myalgia, rhinorrhea, sore throat and diarrhoea.
The centre said it is pursing some “investigational therapies”. No vaccine has been developed to fight COVID-19 so far.
“…Use of these drugs is subjected to limited availability in the country as of now. Currently, these drugs should only be used in a defined subgroup of patients,” the centre said. The medicines are remdesivir, which can be taken under emergency; convalescent plasma therapy, tocilizumab and hydroxychloroquine.