One of the more bizarre symptoms of any known virus is being experienced by confirmed Covid-19 patients.
A loss of smell and taste is being reported by about 2 in 3 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.
Loss of smell and taste could be key early symptoms of the novel coronavirus, a number of medical professionals have reported.
Most recently, ENT UK, a professional organization representing ear, nose and throat surgeons in the United Kingdom Reported the odd symptoms.
“We really want to raise awareness that this is a sign of infection and that anyone who develops loss of sense of smell should self-isolate,” Prof. Claire Hopkins, president of the British Rhinological Society, wrote in an email. “It could contribute to slowing transmission and save lives.”
CNN medical correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta discussed this on his weekend show.
The New York Times reported yesterday that Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, an accompanying diminished sense of taste, have emerged as peculiar telltale signs of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and possible markers of infection.
The newspaper also cited one of their own correspondents, who had contracted Covid-19 in New York City.
The loss of taste and smell was also an extremely common complaint in Italy, where the Covid-19 virus is claiming hundreds of lives per day.
“Almost everybody who is hospitalized has this same story,” said Dr. Marco Metra, chief of the cardiology department at the main hospital in Brescia, Italy where 700 of 1,200 inpatients have the coronavirus. “You ask about the patient’s wife or husband. And the patient says, ‘My wife has just lost her smell and taste but otherwise she is well.’ So she is likely infected, and she is spreading it with a very mild form.”
UK TV speaks about the remarkable symptom of Covid 19
Ryan is Contributing Editor