COVID-19 Update : Loss of Taste & Smell Highly Associated with Covid-19

Hello everyone:­­

You have probably heard that a loss of taste and/or smell is has been connected to the Covid-19 infection, currently being called SARS CoV-2. Recent research has now validated that connection, and this is an important piece of information.

“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,” said Carol Yan, MD, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon at UC San Diego Health. “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.”

This is important for the following reason:

“Of those who reported loss of smell and taste, the loss was typically profound, not mild. But encouragingly, the rate of recovery of smell and taste was high and occurred usually within two to four weeks of infection.”

“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,” said Yan. “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.”

Bottom Line: It appears that experts now feel that asking about loss of taste and smell should be a part of any screening process.

“It is our hope that with these findings other institutions will follow suit and not only list smell and taste loss as a symptom of COVID-19 but use it as a screening measure for the virus across the world,” Yan said.

This is good to know that if you lose taste and smell, you can be pretty sure that you have Covid-19 and self-quarantine as well as get to your physician for primary care treatment. For supportive care, refer to my earlier blog about supplements, however the primary supplements being reported to be advantageous as a component of adjunctive care include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc and Quercetin. If you reference back to my blog immediately prior to this one, at the bottom are links that contain detailed information about an effective medical protocol that includes those supplements.

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