Gary Lineker’s Son George Downs Glass Of Vinegar After Losing Sense Of Taste
Gary Lineker's son George has videoed himself downing a glass of vinegar to show what it's like on 'day 12 of not smelling or tasting anything' - something that many believe may be symptomatic of the novel coronavirus.
George, 28, took to Twitter with the clip, in which he pours a considerable glug of vinegar into a glass. He even added a generous squeeze of lemon juice, just to really make sure the acidic kick was there.
He wrote: "Heard there's a little taste challenge going around. As I'm on day 12 of not smelling or tasting anything, I thought I'd give it a go."
If anyone is after an update I'm on day 8 of not smelling or tasting anything, pretty weird. That's the only thing though still feel 100%. Sounds like there's a lot in the same boat as me. Obviously not been tested so can't be sure if it's Coronavirus or not
- George Lineker (@GeorgeLineker) March 26, 2020
His dad Gary had previously tweeted to say the family were in self-isolation after George had shown symptoms, but that they weren't the 'regular ones'.
He wrote: "Odd these have not been pointed out much. Been nearly a week and has spent time at mine. I've been vigilant, hand washing/distancing but isolation it is."
In self isolation as @GeorgeLineker has symptoms. They're not the regular ones, but complete loss of sense of taste and smell. Odd these have not been pointed out much. Been nearly a week and has spent time at mine. I've been vigilant, hand washing/distancing but isolation it is.
- Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 23, 2020
The news comes as the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology warns loss of taste and smell may be a symptom of coronavirus, even if more common signs aren't present.
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The 'most common symptoms' listed on the NHS and government websites are the recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature.
However, speaking at today's coronavirus press briefing, Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said the loss of taste and smell should be something people 'take into account'.
Vallance said: "The symptoms that the Chief Medical Officer has outlined - and the ones that you should self-isolate on - are a persistent new cough or fever.
"Loss of taste and smell is something that can happen with other respiratory viruses.
"It does seem to be a feature of this from what people are reporting and it is something that people should take into account as they think about their symptoms.
"I think it's for the Chief Medical Officer to decide at what point, if any, diagnostic change takes place in terms of self-isolation.
"Those symptoms we are learning about for this disease are the ones that will get more information on over time but a new cough or fever captures the vast majority of people with this illness."
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