Loss Of Smell May Be An Early Indicator Of COVID-19

By: | March 24th, 2020

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As coronavirus COVID-19 is growing, doctors are disclosing list of potential symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Serious symptoms that require immediate care are difficulty in breathing, persistent chest pain and bluish lips or face. According to WHO some other symptoms include tiredness, fatigue, aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea.

Recently US Doctors added anosmia (loss of sense of smell) and dysgeusia (lack of sense of taste) to the “list of screening tools” for Covid-19.

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery said, “Anosmia, in particular, has been seen in patients ultimately testing positive for the coronavirus with no other symptoms,”

Those symptoms “warrant serious consideration for self-isolation and testing of these individuals,”

Survey on 100 patients in a German hospital, depicted nearly two-third of patients faced loss of smell and taste. Another survey from South Korea, reported about 30 percent of COVID-19 patients’ noted a loss of smell.

Simon Carney, an ENT specialist from Flinders University explained anosmia may be an early sign of the disease. This can help in detecting “silent carriers.”

Carney said, “It is these ‘silent carriers’ who may remain undetected by current screening procedures, which may explain why the disease has progressed so rapidly in so many countries around the world,”

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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