Story By: Feza Uzay, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
A family who lost their sense of smell while suffering with COVID-19 has died of carbon monoxide poisoning after failing to notice the odour of a gas leak coming from a faulty boiler.
The incident took place in their flat in a two-storey building in the city of Shchelkovo near the Russian capital Moscow on 7th February.
When Igor Kruglov and his wife Lyudmila Kruglova, ages not disclosed, started feeling unwell and experiencing weakness and severe vomiting, they called for an ambulance.
A medical team then arrived at the flat where the couple was found dead alongside their five-year-old son.
The woman’s 14-year-old daughter from her first marriage, Anna Kashevarova, was taken to hospital in serious condition and is now reportedly in a coma.
According to the news site Life, the gas leak occurred due to an improperly installed boiler two years ago and poor ventilation in the apartment.
The family tested positive for COVID-19 a week prior and probably failed to notice the odour of leaking gas due to their loss of smell, a common symptom of the virus.
The authorities have initiated an investigation into the incident and pointed out that the gas company responsible for the building will also be probed.
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