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Study validates loss of smell, taste as COVID-19 symptoms for patients with high recovery rate

from By Lynn Hetzler

A number of publications, such as The Lancet and JAMA, have been reporting anecdotal reports of the loss of smell and taste in patients with COVID-19. A new study presents empirical findings that strongly associate smell and taste dysfunction with COVID-19. Sore throat, they found, was more strongly associated with COVID-19 negativity. When screening patients for COVID-19, clinicians often look for the most common symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough and difficulty breathing. The results of this study, published in the journal International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, suggest that screeners ask patients about their senses of smell and taste. more

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