Loss of Smell may be an Early Symptom of COVID-19

Researchers say that loss of smell (anosmia) and taste (ageusia) may be the early symptom of Covid-19, and the person who recently lost their sense of smell and taste should keep an eye out for other symptoms such as fever or cough.

Currently, there have been reports of taste and smell disorders related to coronavirus from multiple countries around the world, the University of California in San Diego released research indicating that sensory loss, including the loss of smell, was strongly correlated with the coronavirus.

The expert says that if you have smell and taste loss, then you’re 10 times more likely to have COVID-19, and research states, almost two-thirds of coronavirus patients may experience a temporary loss of smell, as well as taste.

A study published on April 27 reported that people who experience a loss of smell has most likely to have milder to moderate illness.

What if it isn’t COVID-19?

Anosmia (loss of smell), is something that has been around for far longer than COVID-19.

It's worth noting that loss of smell is also a common symptom seen in the people who get the flu, or other respiratory viruses and isn’t specific to COVID-19.

Besides coronavirus and influenza, other conditions like allergies, nasal polyps, nerve issues, or head injury could be possible culprits for losing someone's sense of smell.

Anosmia treatment:

Whether or not anosmia can be cured depends on the underlying condition

If caused by common allergies or illness like swelling in the nose or sinuses, then using an antihistamine, saline nasal drops or a nasal steroid spray may help to ease the symptoms.

These treatments that may help to ease the symptoms:

  • nasal washing
  • a steroid nasal spray
  • an antihistamine
  • steroid tablets
  • an operation to have nasal polyps removed.
  • an operation to straighten the nasal septum.
  • These treatments may come with obnoxious side effects. So first speak to your doctor about whether these treatments are suitable for you and, if so, what side effects you may experience.

    What if it’s COVID-19?

    Because Anosmia (loss of smell) is also a common symptom seen in many COVID-19 patients, so experts says that it is important to be mindful of this symptom amid the current epidemic.

    Researchers said that there has seen a significant uptick in patients reporting a loss of smell during the early weeks of the pandemic.

    The correlation between losing one’s sense of smell and COVID-19 appears to be strong enough and now doctors are screening patients for loss of smell as well as the standard respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

    And if it appears likely that the patients have coronavirus, then they’re sent to the hospital for testing.

    Doctors advise that anyone experiencing this symptom should quarantine themselves.

    Experts say that:

    If you’re a healthy person under the age of 60 and you begin to feel symptoms such as loss of smell, then it’s best to get self-isolated.

    And stay hydrated, get proper rest, and take fever-reducing medicine if needed.

    If along with loss of smell you have other symptoms like fever with a temperature higher than 101°F or 103°F and lasting more than 2 days or you are having extreme difficulty in breathing, then seek medical attention immediately.

    Doctors also noted that if you have anosmia due to COVID-19 then the sense is likely to return in a few days or weeks.

    And those who experience this symptom, it’s worth consulting with a doctor immediately.

    If someone experiences this set of symptoms, then it is something they should be highly sensitive to, especially if they’re connected to the high-risk population or older people.

    It may be an early symptom of COVID-19, If you have a loss of smell or taste and you are with high-risk populations, take it seriously and consider getting tested.