Smell and Taste Issues Unlikely to Linger After COVID-19: JA
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An altered sense of smell and taste has been reported to be associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). To understand the evolution of these symptoms during the course of the disease is important to identify patients with persistent loss of smell or taste and estimate the impact of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the burden of olfactory and gustative dysfunctions.

This study aimed to evaluate the evolution of the loss of sense of smell and taste in a case series of mildly symptomatic patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. This cross-sectional survey-based study included 202 mildly symptomatic adults (>18 years) consecutively assessed at Treviso Regional Hospital, Italy, who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 RNA by PCR on nasopharyngeal and throat swabs.

Results: Of 202 patients completing the survey at baseline, 187 (92.6%) also completed the follow-up survey. The evaluation of the evolution of altered sense of smell or taste in the 113 patients reporting sudden onset of these symptoms at baseline showed that 55 patient reported complete resolution of smell or taste impairment, 46 reported an improvement in the severity, and only 12 reported the symptom was unchanged or worse. Persistent loss of smell or taste was not associated with persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Conclusively, At 4 weeks from the onset, 89% of the SARS-CoV-2–positive mildly symptomatic patients who had had a sudden onset of altered sense of smell or taste experienced a complete resolution or improvement of these symptoms. Persistent loss of smell or taste was not associated with persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/article-abstract/2767781
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