Coronavirus patients who lost their sense of smell are waiting weeks for it to return

Loss of smell from respiratory infections is not uncommon, but how and why some patients lose the ability to smell, and for how long, puzzles doctors. Some patients reported a loss of smell and taste as the only symptoms of the viral infection. Visit BGR's homepage for more stories.
Ever since the first weeks of the novel coronavirus outbreak, doctors and health experts have been searching for ways to differentiate the COVID-19 illness from similar seasonal sicknesses. Some patients who were confirmed to have a coronavirus infection had lost their sense of smell, which is a symptom that is rarely associated with the common cold but is sometimes present with the flu.

It's one of several factors doctors are taking into account when diagnosing new patients and determining who should get tested. As CNN reports, some coronavirus victims have been waiting for their sense of smell to return for weeks, and fears of permanent loss of smell are spreading.

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Coronavirus victims are still waiting for smell to return weeks later originally appeared on BGR.com on Mon, 13 Apr 2020 at 10:45:49 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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