COVID-19 Causing Loss of Smell and Taste? New Insights 1446


A doctor explains that some other symptoms associated with Covid-19 & what you should know about!

We all heard about some of the most common symptoms of CORONAVIRUS like dry cough, fever, tiredness & difficulty in breathing, etc. If you have any of these symptoms then you must quarantine yourself immediately for at least 8-10 days.

But as the time has gone on, we know that shortness of breath, headaches & sore throats can also be a part of myriad symptoms, albeit in fewer patients. 

Now, according to the British Association of otorhinolaryngology (ENT UK) patients are losing their sense of taste & smell. Countries like China, Italy, France, Iran & Germany have all reported cases of COVID-19 where patients reported a temporary loss in their sense of smell and/or taste.

Coronavirus is also thought to infect and damage the olfactory nerve – the nerve responsible for carrying messages related to smell back to your brain for interpretation. These combinations of effects can lead to a loss of smell. 

Although a specific number of patients with Covid-19 who have lost their sense of smell are not known, our knowledge of other types of viruses tells that 1 percent of those who suffer from any kind of viral anosmia are left with a personal loss of smell. Most of them resolve spontaneously; some will require intervention and retraining of the sensory cells that are responsible for the smell.

While the virus doesn’t affect the taste buds on the tongue, due to the sense of smell is psychologically linked to the taste, people will feel as if they have also lost their ability of taste. 

If you are also affected by the loss of smell and taste and are otherwise well, you should quarantine yourself for 8-10 days, and your household contacts should self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days.

More than 8,76,000 (1750-INDIA) infections are confirmed in at least 180 countries and its territories, including more than 43,500 (50-India) deaths, and more than 1,85,000 (155-India) people are recovered from Coronavirus.

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