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Love Island star Rachel Fenton tests positive for coronavirus as she urges fans to take loss of smell and taste seriously


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Love Island’s Rachel Fenton has tested positive for coronavirus, as she detailed her symptoms and insisted she didn’t feel poorly.

In turn, she’s urged her followers to take symptoms including loss of smell and taste seriously.

The former reality TV star, who appeared on the 2016 series and was paired with Rykard Jenkins, is an orthopaedic clinical nurse specialist and is off work and self-isolating as she recovers.

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In a video posted to her Instagram stories, the 27-year-old detailed her symptoms, insisting she felt otherwise healthy but had lost her sense of taste and smell – something that is fast becoming a big symptom in sufferers.

She said: ‘My test came back positive. So many of you messaged me about loss of taste and smell which isn’t in the official symptom list.

Rachel shared her coronavirus symptoms this week (Picture: Instagram)
She shared the news on social media (Picture: Instagram)

‘But that was the main symptom for me. I didn’t have a temperature or cough. I just felt very tired.’

She continued: ‘I had a bit of muscle achiness and a cold. I have completely lost my taste and smell. It’s a lot more severe.’

Rachel said she’d not felt unwell at all, and while she’s ‘not 100%’ she insisted she wasn’t poorly.

She starred on the 2016 series of the programme (Picture: ITV/REX)

‘I’ve felt OK, still eating and still got an appetite,’ she continued. ‘My symptoms are really mild. You need to be very careful if you’ve had loss of taste and smell to isolate.’

Rachel went on to describe the swab test – in which samples are taken from your nostrils and back of throat – was ‘uncomfortable’ and she was happy she’d been warned about them before by a friend.

She’ll now wait it out and won’t be going back to work until she’s tested negative.

‘I’m not sure when they’ll get me back for a re-swab,’ the ITV2 star said. ‘For now I’m just isolating and looking after myself. It’s not been horrendous for me.’

The latest figures show 2,352 people have died in the UK from coronavirus, while more than 1.7 million NHS assessments recorded people with Covid-19 symptoms in the space of just 15 days.

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