This new study proves that this comparatively harmless symptom could be a sign of a corona infection
When talking about the typical coronavirus symptoms, cough and fever usually come first. However, some people with corona complained about another symptom, which scientists have now taken a closer look at. Namely the short-term loss of smell – and the associated sense of taste.
There may be no cough and fever
Science is working tirelessly to find out how to stop the corona pandemic. It is important to research the virus in minute detail to see how and how to fight it. According to the “British Rhinological Society“, the SARS pandemic (also a coronavirus disease in the early 2000s) had complaints about the loss of sense of smell in some infected people. The so-called “anosmia” now also occurred in some COVID-19 patients, which is why some medical associations call for people with this comparatively harmless symptom to be tested for the virus.
Mainly because of the loss of smell and taste can be the only symptom. The “typical” symptoms such as fever and cough can be completely avoided, which is why some people do not even notice that they may be infected, continue to move freely and possibly infect others.
A new Harvard study
Harvard University scientists have studied the relationship between anosmia and COVID-19. “There seems to be a strong link between the development of olfactory disorders and infection with COVID-19,” explains Sandeep R. Datta, neurobiologist and lead author of the study. The researchers suspect that nerve cells responsible for the sense of smell are damaged by the virus. In most cases, the sense of smell and taste comes back. The researchers do not yet want to confirm whether patients can suffer long-term damage.
So if you notice that you suddenly no longer smell or taste anything (even if your nose is free), you should call your family doctor and have the virus tested if necessary.