Earlier in the pandemic there was a hint that the loss of smell could be a symptom of the Covid-19……it seems that they are now fairly certain that the loss of smell and taste are the early signs of the virus….
A loss of smell and taste may be one of the clearest indicators of whether someone has COVID-19, a new study suggests.
Researchers gleaned the information from nearly 2.5 million people in the United Kingdom and about 170,000 people in the United States who entered whether they were feeling well or experiencing symptoms into a smartphone app from March 24 to April 21.
Some of the app users also reported results of PCR diagnostic tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 (SN: 3/6/20). Nearly 65 percent of roughly 6,400 U.K. residents who tested positive for the virus described a loss of taste and smell as a symptom, researchers report May 11 in Nature Medicine. And just over 67 percent of the 726 U.S. participants with a positive test also reported losing those senses. Only about 20 percent of all people who tested negative had diminished smell and taste.
Just a little FYI to help you get through these days of confusion and chaos…..
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