There is one symptom that almost certainly means you have COVID-19: loss of taste or smell, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert and adviser to President Biden. Speaking at a virtual event organized by the National Congress of American Indians, Fauci reiterated that many people with COVID do not have any symptoms, about 30%. But among those who do, “the clinical manifestations are very, very clear,” he said. Read on to learn more about how to identify this symptom and to ensure your health and the health of others. don’t miss these Sure Signs You Have Already Had Coronavirus.
Odor, loss of taste very common
COVID-19 “is very reminiscent of a flu-like syndrome with fever, cough, fatigue, some myalgias [muscle pain]”He added, with one exception:” One thing that is quite unique about COVID-19 is the loss of smell and taste, which sometimes precedes the appearance of respiratory symptoms. “
Fauci’s comments echoed previous surveys of COVID-19 patients, which found that loss of smell and taste are extremely common.
According to American scientist, that prevalence can reach 80 percent. “Loss of smell is so common in people with the disease that some researchers have recommended its use as diagnostic test because it can be a more reliable marker than fever or other symptoms, “the publication said.
One of those researchers, Nancy Rawson, a biologist and associate director of the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia, said loss of smell “is one of the first symptoms” of COVID and certainly predates fever. Loss of smell alone predicts diagnosis better than fever”.
Experts are not sure why it happens. But the prevailing theory is that when the virus enters the body through the nose, it can attack and deactivate cells that help the olfactory (olfactory) system function.
A July CDC survey found that loss of taste and smell lasts for eight days, on average. But some people experience it for weeks or months. According to a November study published in the Journal of Internal MedicineSome who tested positive for COVID reported that their senses of smell and taste had not returned six months after the initial infection.
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How to survive this pandemic
As for you, do your best to avoid getting (and spreading) COVID-19 in the first place: Wear a mask, get tested if you think you have coronavirus, avoid crowds (and bars and house parties), practice social distancing, only run essential errands, wash your hands regularly, disinfect frequently touched surfaces and to overcome this pandemic in the healthiest way. don’t miss these 35 Places You Are Most Likely to Get COVID.