An expert in olfaction explains the effects of long-term smell loss, the subtle role the sense plays in our lives and resources for those affected.
Around 6 million people have had their sense of smell affected by COVID.
COVID-19 patients often lose their sense of smell and taste. This is rare for a viral infection. At-home smell tests could be used as a screening tool and help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Temperature checks have become a commonplace screening tool for COVID-19, but loss of sense of smell is a more predictive symptom of coronavirus infection than fever.
The UK was late at recognising smell loss as a COVID symptom.
There is abundant evidence that a sudden loss of smell is related to COVID-19.
Patients who later test positive for COVID-19 are reporting early loss of smell and taste. Researchers are now trying to understand if this could be an early sign of the disease.
Researchers are currently looking into these reports to confirm whether loss of smell is an early indication of COVID-19.
Infections like coronavirus can kill the nerves that let you smell, but they'll usually grow back within weeks.
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