Difficulty speaking is a key symptom of coronavirus, experts warn – The Sun

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PEOPLE having difficulty speaking could have the coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 include a new persistent cough and a fever, but other strange symptoms have emerged in some carriers of the virus.

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So far in the UK there have been over 33,000 deaths caused by the virus and in recent weeks research has been conducted that suggested that droplets could also be passed on through people talking.

Now the WHO has said a loss of speech in Covid-19 patients could be accompanied by a lack of movement and if patients experience these symptoms then they should contact a health care practitioner.

It comes as more and more studies involving the role of the mouth and the spread of the virus have come to light.

Experts yesterday revealed that gargling mouthwash could kill the coronavirus and slash the risk of infection.

Ingredients in common mouthwashes damaged the bugs’ outer shell – making them harmless.

Now experts have called for urgent research into the potential benefits of using the rinse to combat Covid-19.

They hope to establish if popular brands can inactivate the virus in the throat, where it is thought to multiply.


Explaining the disease and the symptoms the WHO said: "Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.

"Serious symptoms: Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement”.

A loss of speech and difficulty talking could however also be symptoms of other conditions and it's important to assess these before visiting the doctors.

Speech loss could be caused by either medical of psychological conditions.

Patients who have overcome the coronavirus are often unable to talk due to the pressure the virus puts on the lungs, this can often leave patients feeling breathless and as though they are unable to talk.

Some patients have said they had been unable to string a sentence together before being admitted to hospital with the virus.

Other research this week found that speech droplets generated by asymptomatic carriers of the illness is a mode of transmission.Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US, used sensitive laser light scattering observations that revealed that loud speech can actually emit thousands of droplets per second.

In further announcements this week the WHO said that Covid-10 threatens to throw progress of track as people had been living "longer and healthier lives" before the pandemic.

It also added that the pandemic has highlighted that governments across the world need to invest more in their health care in order to overcome pandemics.

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