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In this research letter, the investigators report on the prevalence of loss of taste and smell in patients with confirmed COVID-19. In this population, 87% reported loss of smell and 56% reported loss of taste or change in taste. These symptoms often persisted after other symptoms associated with COVID-19 resolved.
As new research evolves regarding the constellation of symptoms associated with COVID-19, this research letter provides helpful information on a specific symptom.
– Andrea Dotson, MD, MSPH
This abstract is available on the publisher's site.
The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has spread worldwide rapidly. Commonly reported symptoms, such as fever, cough, dyspnea, fatigue, and myalgia, are nonspecific, and the lack of testing in some European countries may make the diagnosis of COVID-19 challenging. However, 2 distinctive symptoms were identified recently: loss of smell and loss of taste (1). These symptoms were not reported extensively in initial studies (2) and might help in the clinical diagnosis of COVID-19.