Losing Sense of Smell and Taste Could Be a Symptom of Coronavirus
25 March, 2020, 16:56
When doctors at the University Hospital Bonn in Germany recently interviewed more than 100 patients infected with COVID-19, they discovered that almost 70% "described a loss of smell and taste lasting several days", said Dr. Hendrik Streeck, head of the hospital's Institute of Virology. They also are advising against performing any nonessential sinus endoscopy procedures because the virus replicates in the nose and throat, meaning any exam could prompt coughs and/or sneezing that can expose doctors to a high level of the virus should the patient be infected.
The app then asks participants to take one minute a day to report on whether they feel healthy and, if not, to answer questions on a wide range of symptoms, from coughs and fever to fatigue, diarrhoea and confusion. These are symptoms that can come with many different types of respiratory illnesses and are not necessarily indicators of a specific type of infection.
Amid the rising cases of coronavirus patients across the world, ear, nose and throat specialists in the United Kingdom on Tuesday (March 24) said that loss of taste and taste could be seen as a new symptom of the deadly virus.
1.3 bn Indians under 21-day lockdown A daily average of 1,338 samples have been tested in India during the past five days, the Health and Family Welfare Ministry said. Health researchers have warned that more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May.
Medical experts across the globe have reported that a sudden loss of sense of smell could be a tell-tale sign in otherwise asymptomatic COVID-19 carriers.
As per a report in the British publication Independent, the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) on Tuesday said that the new symptom was found in the "absence of other symptoms" of COVID-19 and those who are showing this symptom could be "hidden carriers" of the virus. However, the latest data allows us to verify that patients with COVID-19 have symptoms related to our specialty, "they affirm from the Delegate Commission of the SEORL-CCC. We propose that these symptoms be added to the list of screening tools for possible COVID-19 infection", the Sunday statement reads. In Germany, they wrote, more than two-thirds of confirmed coronavirus cases included anosmia.
Researchers believe that the data from the study will reveal important information about the symptoms and progress of the COVID-19 infection in different people, and why some go on to develop more severe or fatal disease while others have only mild symptoms. These three conditions refer to reductions, or complete losses, of the senses of smell and taste. Most recently, Mike served as Tech Editor at The Daily Dot, and has been featured in USA Today, Time.com, and countless other web and print outlets.
"One of the things I think a lot of physicians and patients are struggling with is trying to determine whether these mild symptoms are related to, say, allergies or a mild cold", Holbrook said.
"This week, I saw nine patients that lost their sense of smell, which is unheard of in my practice", Hopkins said. "They are presumed to be contagious and they should self-quarantine from the onset of that symptom". Working in COVID-19 of the SEORL-CCC.