'Asymptomatic' COVID-19 carriers often lose sense of smell

03/24/2020 04:00 | 1

'Asymptomatic' COVID-19 carriers often lose sense of smell

A United Kingdom doctor group, the British Rhinological Society, has warned that a loss of smell or taste could be a symptom of the CCP virus, with a US doctors group calling for the symptom to be added to a "list of screening tools" for the virus. Losing those senses is also a frequent symptom of the common cold, another, milder form of coronavirus. Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, told the Times.

In Germany, nearly two-thirds of patients have reported losing their sense of smell, while in Korea nearly a third have even in "otherwise mild cases".

"Anosmia, in particular, has been seen in patients ultimately testing positive for the coronavirus with no other symptoms", said the academy in a statement on Monday, adding that it would "warrant serious consideration for self-isolation and testing of these individuals". In South Korea, the place checking out has been extra common, 30% of sufferers checking out sure have had it as their primary presenting symptom in in a different way delicate instances. "Not all those infected by Covid-19 are anosmic, but all those suffering from isolated anosmia without a local cause for this, without inflammation, are coming back as Covid-19 positive". However, some experts have warned if you suddenly lose your sense of smell then you may want to self-quarantine immediately. "Anyone experiencing the same thing?" he tweeted on Sunday, 11 days after he was diagnosed.

ENT UK, which represents ear, nose and throat specialists in the UK, has suggested that the loss of smell should be added to the current symptom criteria for people to self-isolate.

Jeffrey Shaman, a researcher at the Columbia University Mailman School who co-authored research that appeared in the journal Science, said these "stealth" transmissions play a major role in COVID-19's spread. British doctors of ear, nose and throat recently released a study saying that human senses are the most affected human ability when a person has the disease.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology, a similar group to ENT UK based in the USA, added a warning on their website for nose surgeons to rethink non-emergency surgeries.

"There is evolving evidence that otolaryngologists are amount the highest risk group when performing upper airway surgeries and examinations".

Many people, including Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert who tested positive for COVID-19, are reporting these unsettling changes in their bodies.


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