Researchers from the University of California, San Diego have published a study confirming the loss of smell and taste in patients with Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus. If you have loss of smell and taste, you are more than 10 times more likely to have Covid-19 infection than other causes of infection.
In a research conducted by Dr. Carol Yan and colleagues, the study demonstrated the high prevalence and unique presentation of certain sensory deficiencies in positive patients.
“Our study not only showed that the high incidence of odor and taste is specific to Covid-19 infection, but fortunately we also found that for most people sensory recovery was generally rapid. Among Covid-19 patients with loss of smell, more than 70 percent had reported an improvement in smell at the time of the survey, and of those who had not reported improvement, many had only been recently diagnosed” says Dr. Yan.
Interestingly, the researchers found that people who reported experiencing a sore throat more frequently tested negative for Covid-19.
Read the published research paper here.