Loss of smell and taste validated as COVID-19 symptoms in pa
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Loss of smell and taste has been anecdotally linked to COVID-19 infections. In a study published in the journal International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, researchers at UC San Diego Health report the first empirical findings that strongly associate sensory loss with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

- 1,480 patients with flu-like symptoms were surveyed and concerns regarding potential COVID-19 infection. The study included responses from 59 COVID-19-positive patients and 203 COVID-19-negative patients.

- High prevalence and unique presentation of certain sensory impairments in patients positive with COVID-19 were noted. Of those who reported a loss of smell and taste, the loss was typically profound, not mild. But encouragingly, the rate of recovery of smell and taste was high and occurred usually within two to four weeks of infection.

- It was also found that for the majority of people sensory recovery was generally rapid. Among the Covid-19 patients with smell loss, more than 70 percent had reported improvement of smell at the time of the survey.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/04/200413132809.htm
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