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Loss of smell and taste may be sign of Covid-19 infection

The professional membership body representing Ear, Nose and Throat surgery, as well as its related specialities in the United Kingdom (ENT UK) reports that there is now new evidence that anosmia, that is, loss of the ability to sense odor, is a symptom of Covid-19 infection.

Published: March 31, 2020, 8:55 am

    London

    Anosmia or the inability to smell or taste, comes from the Greek an (without) and osme (smell). Hyposmia is the medical term for the reduced sense of odor.

    ENT UK writes that there is already sufficient evidence of this from South Korea, China and Italy. A significant number of patients with proven Covid-19 infection have developed anosmia/hyposmia. 

    In Germany, more than 2 in 3 (67 percent) of all confirmed cases have anosmia. In South Korea, where testing has been more widespread, 30 percent of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 have had anosmia. 

    This was noted in milder cases where the main symptoms have been just lost smell and taste. It was thus reported as one of the earliest symptoms that those infected with Covid-19 suffer from and is considered an early warning signal that the person is infected. 

    And one may therefore be infected with the virus SARS-CoV-2 despite having no other symptoms which means that the infected person is at risk of infecting others.

    The British doctor and trainer Doctor John Campbell, who has followed Covid-19 closely since its origins, recalls that smell and taste are interrelated. Campbell says that lost smell and taste indicate a “strong possibility” that the person has Covid-19 and therefore “should self-isolate for at least a week”.

    ENT UK also noted that normal treatment usually includes steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as cortisone, but these drugs should be avoided. This is because in several studies it has been found that all forms of anti-inflammatory drugs counteract the body’s defense against Covid-19 and thus aggravate the course of the disease. 

    They are clearly dangerous to use.

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