Coronavirus symptoms: Taste this in your mouth? The potential warning sign of COVID-19

There have been more than 260,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK and more than 37,000 people who have lost their lives to the deadly virus, government figures show. Some of these deaths are likely to include people with undiagnosed coronavirus or who died as an indirect result of the pandemic. With grim figures such as these, monitoring symptoms should still be important and according to some COVID-19 patients, tasting a metallic taste in your mouth is a warning symptom of coronavirus.


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Dr Clare Gerada described how she initially felt after returning back to the UK and said: “Tucked somewhere in my body was developing COVID-19, which began to show itself a few days after arriving.

“The symptoms merged in with jet lag – tiredness, headache and feeling out of it.

“The dry cough I put down to the long flight home and the effects of rebreathing cabin air.

“What I couldn’t dismiss, however, was the temperature which was above 102 degrees F.

“My coronavirus experience had started.”

It’s common knowledge the two main symptoms of novel coronavirus include fever and a persistent cough.

Many different signs of the virus have appeared since the start of COVID-19 including how the virus could affect one’s toes, eyes, stomach and even ears.

Dr Gerada went on to explain an unusual taste in her mouth which could possibly signal an infection with the deadly virus.

“The symptoms are as we have been told.

“Flu-like, with a temperature, dry cough and sore throat.

“I also had a vice-like headache, muscular chest pain from coughing, rigours and, when I did get out of bed, dizziness.

“Five days into the illness, almost in the same order, the symptoms disappeared, leaving only an odd metallic taste in my mouth, nasal mucosal ulcers and intense fatigue,” she explained.


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Dominic Minghella, 53, had also developed an odd taste in his mouth due to the infection.

Mr Minghella admitted his symptoms were initially non-existent at first but began to develop over time.

He said: “The taste developed one week after the onset of my symptoms.

“A horrible metallic taste in my mouth.

“Didn’t want to eat, was drinking but only because I knew I had to and very weak – could barely hold a cup.”

The NHS said: “A metallic taste is not usually serious and can be a symptom of many different things.

“Treatment will depend on the cause.

“Common causes of metallic taste include gum disease, taking medicine like antibiotics, cancer treatment or having a cold, sinus infection and other airway problems.

“Sometimes, a metallic taste can be linked to a problem with your sense of smell.”

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