Since the beginning of the pandemic, Health authorities and experts try to anticipate COVID-19 and detect the disease as soon as possible to stop the circulation of the coronavirus. This tracking and early detection of cases is key to curbing transmission. However, it is not an easy task, since in many cases the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of other pathologies and there are even people who suffer from it asymptomatically.
For this reason, researchers are working tirelessly to discover the best way to identify when a person has coronavirus or not. In this sense, Two international studies confirm that the majority of patients with respiratory infections who lose their sense of smell are due to COVID-19.
Average loss of smell on a 79.7 with a 100 scale
The work, published in the scientific journal ‘Chemical Senses’, indicates that loss of smell was 79.7 on a scale of 0 to 100, which shows that the loss of smell is very great and even in some cases complete. Therefore, These studies show that loss of smell is very likely the best symptom to predict that a person suffers from COVID-19.
The sensory loss of smell is not the only sense that suffers the consequences of COVID-19, but taste was also significantly reduced. In fact, on the same scale from 0 to 100, it was located at 69. For its part, the sensitivity of the mouth, although it is also lost, stands at 37.3 with the maximum again located at 100.
Study with 4,500 COVID-19 patients
Researchers have reached these conclusions after surveying 4,500 patients of 23 nationalities who have suffered from COVID-19 at some point. Through the questionnaires received, Researchers have established that correlation between the disease and the loss of the senses, especially taste and smell to a greater extent, confirming other research.
“Although the loss of smell in itself eliminates the ability to perceive the aroma of food, the simultaneous loss of the other senses makes it difficult to register what is eaten. So, putting food in your mouth can become a decidedly unpleasant experience “said Alexander Wieck Fjaeldstad, one of the researchers who led the study.
Very useful conclusion for contact tracing
Therefore, after collecting the sample, they come to the conclusion that the loss of the senses, especially smell, is one of the most repeated symptoms in a person who has suffered at some point from the coronavirus. Therefore, When it comes to tracking and identifying positive cases of COVID-19, loss of smell is one of the symptoms, if not the best, to detect infections.
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