Loss of smell and other symptoms of the coronavirus that we did not know

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The relationship between anosmia and pandemic virus was recently unveiled.

Dry cough, shortness of breath, body aches, and fever; these are just some of the symptoms of a person who is infected with the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. But, did you know about the loss of smell due to coronavirus and other rare symptoms that have recently been linked to this pathology?


According to health specialists, many patients who tested positive for this pandemic virus presented at a very early stage related to loss of smell without necessarily having a stuffy nose, as well as temporary loss of taste.

Possibly in one way or another, all the media not only in the affected countries, but throughout the world have advertised a lot of information related to prevention statistics, a protocol of action in case of presenting the symptoms that we initially mentioned, but very few have insisted on the part of anosmia, the loss of the sense of smell and taste. Doctors in China conducted a study in which they found these possible new early symptoms of the coronavirus, which are not related to a simple cold. Although it is true that when we have the flu, our senses of smell and taste decrease, but they are not lost in their entirety as it happens with the Covid-19.

Other digestive symptoms

Chinese health authorities found that 50% of patients who were treated at three hospitals in Hubei, the province where Wuhan is located, the site where all this pandemic originated, also had digestive symptoms.

According to this research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, these patients came to the hospital in the first occurrence for digestive symptoms such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It was a little later that they developed respiratory symptoms.

Since it was not 100% of the patients who presented this symptomatology, it is necessary, the authors of this investigation indicate that more tests are done to agree that these intestinal symptoms are related to Covid-19. Still, they are for now a great help for doctors and health personnel for early detection.

It is even useful information for people who suspect that they have been in an infected area and have specific symptoms but that they could confuse with a stomach infection.

What to do in case of anosmia?

The first thing you should do is call your GP and avoid self-medication, says the French otorhinolaryngologist Jérôme Salomon, Ministry of Health, who also declares that this symptom may or may not be accompanied by others more characteristic of Covid.

“This symptom is still quite rare and is generally seen in young patients with mild forms of the disease, says Salomon. 

People who experience anosmia should confine themselves as a precaution, and wear a mask, even with the family.”

Nor is it advisable to do some nose washing since you would send the infected nasal mucosa directly to your lungs, and that could become a complication.

Everyone must keep social distancing in this pandemic to help stop the spread of the virus. Social distancing means staying home and avoiding crowded, public places where close contact with others is expected.