You may wonder: Do I have coronavirus? If you have symptoms such as loss of sense of smell or taste, you may have caught the coronavirus.
You may notice that you no longer can feel the smell of coffee, shampoo, or the taste of food. Then it may be an unusual sign that you have the coronavirus infection.
Several international studies have shown that the sudden decline or loss of olfactory or taste function is likely to be a special sign of COVID-19 infection, according to The New York Times on March 22.
Let’s remember that temporary loss of smell (anosmia) or taste (ageusia) can occur because of cold or allergies. A growing number of anecdotes and studies suggest that this common symptom could be a potential indicator of coronavirus.
People around the world are discovering this new connection
People who have the coronavirus infection have found a connection between loss of smell and taste to infection.
In Germany, more than two thirds of confirmed cases have anosmia, according to a joint statement published by Claire Hopkins of British Rhinological Society, and Nirmal Kumar of ENT UK.
In South Korea, where the coronavirus outbreak happened weeks earlier than the United States, testing has been more widespread. 30% of 2,000 coronavirus patients in Korea “have had anosmia as their major presenting symptom in otherwise mild cases,” the statement read. Cases in France, Iran and the United States also identified anosmia and ageusia as coronavirus symptoms.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology confirmed the findings of clinical reports. It said, “There have been many cases where the sense of smell [is gone] without any other particular symptoms. And the coronavirus was eventually confirmed … People who suffer from lack of smell or taste from allergies or sinusitis should seriously consider self-containment and get a diagnosis.”
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