Alteration of Smell and Taste sensations in Covid-19 positiv
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Loss/alteration of Smell and taste sensation is common in Covid-19 infection. This study finds out the frequency, onset and severity of these lost sensations and their recovery in mild, moderate, and severe Covid-19 positive patients.

A questionnaire-based study on 574 Covid-19 positive patients admitted to a dedicated COVID hospital between September–November 2020 were followed up until their sensations recovered completely or maximum for two months.

- Fever was the most common symptom reported.

- Loss of smell and taste sensation is seen in 200 and 269 patients respectively; 163 developed both.

- Males were affected significantly more than females. Approximately 1/4th of patients reported a loss of smell and taste sensation as their first symptom.

- The most common taste sensation lost was salty 191.

- Loss of smell sensation is seen maximally in mild cases and the difference among mild, moderate, and severe cases is statistically significant; while the difference in loss of taste among all three grades of severity is statistically insignificant.

- Most of the patients recovered after 2 weeks of the onset of lost sensations while 96.5% and 98.1% of patients reported complete recovery of smell and taste sensations after two months of onset.

The present study shows that a high percentage of Covid-19 positive patients develop loss of either one or both of smell and taste sensations but recovery is fast and complete in most of them.

Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery
Source: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12070-021-02670-1
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