Study on loss of smell and taste sensations in Covid 19 patients
European Journal of Molecular & Clinical Medicine,
2020, Volume 7, Issue 10, Pages 4288-4293
AbstractLoss of smell and taste are common complaints in patients with the COVID-19 disease. These symptoms may present alone or with other symptoms. It is of utmost importance to know their rates of occurrence for better controlling of the infection. This study was done to assess the features of loss of smell and taste sensations in Covid 19 infected subjects. Subjects above age of 18 years who were infected with covid 19 virus and recovered from Covid 19 infection were included in this study. This was questionnaire based study. Questions regarding features of loss of smell and taste sensations in covid 19 patients were asked with help of Google forms.102 subjects participated in this study. 48.03 % subjects had loss of smell sensation. 29.41% subjects had loss of taste sensation, whereas 22.54 % subjects had loss of both smell and taste sensation. 31.37 % subjects had regain of smell earlier than taste sensation. 36.27 % had regain of taste sensation earlier than smell. 32.35 % subjects had regain of smell and taste sensation at same time. 27.77 % subjects had parosmia. . The acute anosmia or ageusia need to be recognized as important symptoms of the COVID-19 infection. Anosmia can serve as a free and specific diagnostic tool for developing countries currently affected by the pandemic.
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