WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Sudden loss of smell and taste could be a symptom of the COVID-19.
- Coronavirus reports from Germany and South Korea suggest that many infected patients may have experienced a loss of smell, even in the absence of commonly recognized coronavirus symptoms
- The association calls for people experiencing a sudden loss of senses to put themselves in self-quarantine to slow down the spread of the virus.
The loss of sense of smell with a diminished sense of taste could be warning signs of COVID-19, doctors have revealed.
Ear, nose and throat doctors from the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology, citing reports from around the world, releases a statement calling on people who experience a sudden loss of senses. This loss of senses could be a symptom of the coronavirus, even if the patient is showing no symptoms previously identified to be indicative of the virus.
The association said in a statement that the medical condition called anosmia or hyposmia, wherein the sense of smell is lost has been reported in COVID-19 hotspots around the world.
Association President Nirmal Kumar told the news station, “in young patients, they do not have any significant symptoms such as the cough and fever, but they may have just the loss of sense of smell and taste.”
“There have been a rapidly growing number of reports of a significant increase in the number of patients presenting with anosmia in the absence of other symptoms,” the statement reads. “Iran has reported a sudden increase in cases of isolated anosmia, and many colleagues from the US, France, and Northern Italy have the same experience.”
Two-thirds of patients report losing their sense of smell in Germany, and almost a third report losses in senses in “otherwise mild cases” in Korea.
“These patients may be some of the hitherto hidden carriers that have facilitated the rapid spread of COVID-19,” they added.
The association hopes that this information on the loss of senses as warning signs of COVID-19 may help carriers put themselves in quarantine earlier. This, in turn, should slow down the spread of the virus.
Source: New York Post