Loss of sense of smell and taste potential symptoms of coronavirus

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According to a report from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, anosmia, the loss of smell; hyposmia, a reduced sense of smell; and dysgeusia, the distortion of the sense of taste, should be added to the list of symptoms caused by the COVID-19 virus.

In a newsletter on the topic, Claire Hopkins, President of the British Rhinological Society, and Nirmal Kumar, President of ENT UK, reported that more than two in three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany have anosmia.

Similarly, in South Korea, 30 percent of patients who tested positive for the virus had anosmia as their main symptom.

The report also mentions anecdotal evidence that a patient can be generally asymptomatic, only presenting anosmia, and still test positive for COVID-19.

However, patients with just anosmia are often not tested or asked to self-isolate as this symptom is not yet recognized as a sign of coronavirus.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Representation of loss of smell and taste
2. Percentage of cases of anosmia in Germany
3. Percentage of cases of anosmia in Korea
4. Asymptomatic man with anosmia carrying COVID-19
5. Initial symptoms of COVID-19
6. Most vulnerable individuals

VOICEOVER (in English):

"According to a report from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, anosmia, the loss of smell; hyposmia, a reduced sense of smell; and dysgeusia, the distortion of the sense of taste, should be added to the list of symptoms caused by the COVID-19 virus."

"In a newsletter on the topic, Claire Hopkins, President of the British Rhinological Society, and Nirmal Kumar, President of ENT UK, reported that more than two in three confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany have anosmia."

"Similarly, in South Korea, 30 percent of patients who tested positive for the virus had anosmia as their main symptom."

"The report also mentions anecdotal evidence that a patient can be generally asymptomatic, only presenting anosmia, and still test positive for COVID-19."

"A previous a study of patients in Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 virus outbreak originated, found fever is typically the first symptom of those infected with the virus. Some individuals may also experience fatigue, muscle pain and a dry cough."

"By day five of infection, some patients begin to experience breathing difficulties, especially elderly individuals and people with preexisting health conditions."

SOURCES:
American Academy of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery, ENT UK
https://www.entnet.org/content/aao-hns-anosmia-hyposmia-and-dysgeusia-symptoms-coronavirus-disease
https://www.entuk.org/sites/default/files/files/Loss%20of%20sense%20of%20smell%20as%20marker%20of%20COVID.pdf