A sudden loss of smell (anosmia, – Ed.) May be another symptom of infection with a new type of coronavirus. This was written by the BBC with reference to a statement by the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT).
This symptom can occur in the absence of other signs of the disease, that is, such patients may be hidden carriers of Covid-19, doctors say.
According to the organization, there is strong evidence that this symptom appeared in coronavirus patients in South Korea, China, and Italy.
In the UK, USA, France and northern Italy, there has been a sudden increase in cases of anosmia, said a joint statement by Professor Claire Hopkins of the British Society of Rhinologists and Professor Nirmal Kumar of the Association of Otorhinolaryngology
“These patients may be one of the previously unknown hidden carriers that contributed to the rapid spread of Covid-19. Unfortunately, the symptoms of these patients do not meet the current criteria for testing or self-isolation,” the statement said.
Doctors recommend considering this symptom as one of the tools for detecting coronavirus patients who are not suffering from high fever or dry cough.
“It is likely that if any adult with anosmia, but without other symptoms, is asked to self-isolate for seven days, we could reduce the number of asymptomatic patients who continue to act as carriers without realizing the need for self-isolation,” they said in ENT.
Earlier, 62-year-old British Deputy Minister of Health Nadine Dorris, who had been ill with a coronavirus, said she had lost her sense of smell and taste after an illness.
In addition, German virologist Professor Hendrick Strick spoke of anosmia as a symptom of coronavirus. According to him, a loss of taste and smell for several days was observed in two-thirds of patients who received him.