Can’t taste your favourite food? Study says this might an early sign of covid-19

If you were counting on fatigue, fever, cold, etc. to be the early symptoms of covid-19 then we have news for you. If loss of smell and taste is bothering you then watch out as it might be covid-19.
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PTI Updated: 10 May 2021, 20:29 pm IST
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A new study is bringing a revelation in the already existing pandemic. We are only focusing on symptoms like fatigue, fever, cold, dry cough, etc. for covid-19. But this study claims that there are new symptoms for covid-19 that have been witnessed.   

According to British scientists, a loss of smell or taste might be an early sign of infection with the pandemic virus.

It might even serve as a useful screening tool, they say.

The idea of a virus infection reducing the sense of smell is not new. A respiratory viral infection is a common cause of loss of smell because inflammation can interfere with airflow and the ability to detect odours.

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The sense of smell usually returns when the infection resolves, but in a small percentage of cases, smell loss can persist after other symptoms disappear. In some cases, it is permanent.

British scientists are validating this theory with by citing data from several countries
Now, there’s “good evidence” from South Korea, China and Italy for loss or impairment of smell in infected people say a joint statement from the presidents of the British Rhinological Society and of ENT UK, a British group that represents ear, nose and throat doctors.

In South Korea, some 30% of people who tested positive for the virus have cited loss of smell as their major complaint in otherwise mild cases, they wrote.

So that might be useful as a way to spot infected people without other symptoms — fever, coughing and shortness of breath — of the new coronavirus, they wrote.

A similar proposal was published Sunday by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. It noted “rapidly accumulating” anecdotal evidence from around the world that the pandemic virus can cause not only loss of smell but also a diminished sense of taste.

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So the appearance of those symptoms in people without another explanation should alert doctors to the possibility of a COVID-19 infection, the group said.

WHO is also looking into the subject matter
Maria Van Kerkhove, an outbreak expert at the World Health Organization, told reporters Monday that the UN health agency is looking into the question of whether the loss of smell or taste is a defining feature of the disease.

Dr. Eric Holbrook, an expert on nasal and sinus disease at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear hospital in Boston, said the reports have been a hot topic among researchers and doctors. But “we don’t have hard evidence right now” about how often smell loss occurs in people infected with the pandemic virus, he said in an interview on Monday.

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Holbrook said the reports he has seen suggest the sense of smell returns within a couple of weeks, but how long it lasts has yet to be firmly established.

He also said it’s difficult to assess reports of a loss of taste because people with an impaired sense of smell often report a loss of flavour, which is technically different from impairment in taste.

Holbrook said he is trying to set up a study of smell in people being tested for the coronavirus at Boston-area hospitals. 

So, watch out people and it’s always better to stay at home rather getting into all this covid-19 fuss. 

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