Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

COVID19 patients describe a loss of smell and taste

COVID19 patients describe a loss of smell and taste

According to the telephone survey by doctors in the virus-hit city of Daegu, 15.3 percent of 3,191 virus patients, or 488 patients, said they lost their sense of smell or taste.

He believes patients who display a sudden loss of smell or taste could have the coronavirus without realising it, even if they don't display a high temperature or a continuous new cough, which are the primary indicators of infection.

It is not unusual for patients infected with a respiratory virus to have such symptoms.

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Already, some cases of COVID-19 from China, South Korea and Italy have included a loss of smell as an early symptom, and "in Germany it is reported that more than two in three confirmed cases have anosmia", ENT UK said.

The coronavirus might cause those infected to lose their sense of taste and smell, USA health officials have announced, based on "anecdotal evidence", according to the New York Daily News.

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Her fever remained high, her lungs and cough were getting worse, meanwhile medical professionals were doing all they could. Day by day, we'll see how it goes and stay positive. "We're going to win".

Although ENT experts are calling for anosmia to be added as a symptomatic trigger for testing and self-isolation, it is too early to tell how common the symptom is, and whether it regularly presents in mild or even asymptomatic cases. In a statement, they warned that adults experiencing recent anosmia could be unknown carriers of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

While there are no scientific studies yet on the link between COVID-19 and anosmia, Kumar speculates that the dulling effect is caused by the virus interfering with the mucous membrane in the roof of each nasal cavity in the nose, where the smell receptors are.

Physicians from other countries have cited reports indicating that a "significant number" of coronavirus patients experienced anosmia. We propose that these symptoms be added to the list of screening tools for possible COVID-19 infection.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology, the nation's association of head and neck surgeons, recently released a statement calling for anosmia, hyposmia, and dysgeusia to be added to official list of symptoms for COVID-19, the coronavirus disease now spreading the world.

As of Monday afternoon, the CDC reported 33,404 known cases of COVID-19 in the US and 400 deaths. "We have to figure when (COVID-19) has been more prevalent in the United States". Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today,, and countless other web and print outlets. Along with ENT UK president Nirmal Singh, Hopkins made a joint statement supporting the need for all professionals in the health sector to protect themselves with appropriate personal protective equipment if their patients report not being able to smell things. For this reason, aspects such as its real incidence (the data provided vary between 5% and 60%), its prognostic significance, its clinical presentation (isolated or with other symptoms), the possibility of relating to another intercurrent process have not yet been established. or the moment of its appearance (previous to other symptoms or not).

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