Sudden Loss of Sense of Smell or Taste in COVID-19

Sudden Loss of Sense of Smell or Taste in COVID-19 1
Some individuals who develop an abrupt loss of smell or taste (without nasal stuffiness) should consider screening of Covid-19, even when no other symptoms exist, as some people can have asymptomatic infections.
 
The patient illustrated in this journal article showcases this finding after having dry cough, headache, and body aches for several days, without fever, runny nose, or other upper respiratory infection symptoms.  This virus appears to cause lower (lung) more than upper respiratory (bronchitis, bronchiolitis, and nasalpharyngeal) infections, which probably explains why steroids are less effective (and possibly dangerous).
 
 

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