Loss of taste and smell is now a COVID-19 symptom

We already saw that the coronavirus causes a lot of symptoms, ranging from fever to diarrhea. We also added the previous anecdotal reports about the looks of smell and taste in people who exhibit COVID-19. But a new study conducted at the University of California, San Diego, reports that the loss of this sensory loss is primarily found in the disease. The study published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology states that sensory loss is one of the empirical findings in the study.

In addition, an expert from the same university added that it is ten times likely to have COVID-19 if you experience these symptoms since the virus is highly contagious at the moment we need to take into account the sensory loss as one of the primary symptoms.

The study

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The study included 1480 patients who were experiencing flu-like symptoms and who were raising concerns that it could be COVID-19. Therefore, they underwent testing for the viral agent in UC from March 3 to March 29. The results revealed that 102 of them were positive for the virus, while the rest remained negative. It is also said the typical symptom responses were obtained from 59 of the positive patients and 203 negative patients. The rate of loss in these is profound and not on the milder side. But on the positive side, they also saw the symptoms recover within a span of two to four weeks. And most of the patients seem to recover with the same as the disease period.

Additionally, the experts also noted sore throat as a prominent negative symptom of the disease. Also, in order to tackle the situation, experts have added this sensory loss as a marker for the disease. Therefore, it would help other health workers globally to identify the disease on a population.

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Source: Medical Express

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