Doctors around the world are looking for symptoms that indicate a COVID-19 infection, and a recent study has been published that identifies one symptom in particular.
This one symptom is most likely something you have heard of before, and if you do happen to have it, you are ten times more likely to have COVID-19 infection than any other causes of infection. According to UC San Diego Health otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon Carol Yan, who spoke to UC San Diego News Center, "Based on our study, if you have smell and taste loss, you are more than 10 times more likely to have COVID-19 infection than other causes of infection. The most common first sign of a COVID-19 infection remains fever, but fatigue and loss of smell and taste follow as other very common initial symptoms."
Yan continued, "We know COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus. This study supports the need to be aware of smell and taste loss as early signs of COVID-19." The study surveyed 1,480 patients that had flu-like symptoms from March 3rd to March 29th, and what they found was that there was a high incidence rate of a loss of smell and taste in patients who tested positive for COVID-19 infection. The study also found that patients who did report a loss of smell and taste recovered both senses generally rapidly.
Here's what Yan said, "Our study not only showed that the high incidence of smell and taste is specific to COVID-19 infection but we fortunately also found that for the majority of people sensory recovery was generally rapid. Among the COVID-19 patients with smell loss, more than 70 percent had reported improvement of smell at the time of survey, and of those who hadn't reported improvement, many had only been diagnosed recently."
If you are interested in reading more on this study, check it out here.
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