Almost 90% of people who lost their sense of smell or taste while infected with Covid-19 improved or recovered within a month, a study has found.

The study, in Italy, found 49% of patients had fully regained their sense of smell or taste and 40% reported improvements.

But 10% said their symptoms remained the same or had worsened.

Given the scale of the pandemic, experts warn hundreds of thousands of people could face longer-term problems.

A change in – or loss of – someone’s sense of smell or taste are now recognised as core symptoms of coronavirus.

‘Mild illness’

According to NHS advice, anyone who experiences them should isolate, together with their household, and be tested.

The international team of researchers surveyed 187 Italians who had the virus

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