Why can coronavirus patients lose their sense of smell?

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The coronavirus pandemic has increased dramatically worldwide, and now, with the lowest temperature rise, nasal congestion and sore throat, doctors are convincing to do a test for a virus that scares many. Are the symptoms of the coronavirus really that similar to a cold, you ask? At first glance, this is exactly the case, but experts have identified another possible characteristic sign of the disease – loss of smell. The appearance of this symptom in young people can indicate the so-called "hidden transport" of the coronavirus, even if other manifestations of the disease are completely absent. How is the loss of smell associated with an infection that affects hundreds of thousands of people on our planet?

Coronavirus is often mild, but it can also be accompanied by very strange symptoms

The latent form of the coronavirus

The world famous coronavirus infection is spreading more and more around the world every day. If we used to talk about the virus itself and its mysterious origin somewhere in a distant Chinese province, we are now writing about the worldwide panic and mass hysteria that is forcing residents of industrialized countries to buy massive toilet paper. As people try to share such an important resource, scientists are discovering more and more new properties of COVID-19, some of which seem strange and unusual.

Loss of smell can be one of the symptoms of the coronavirus.

It is known that new data obtained from British doctors can significantly affect people's awareness of coronavirus infection. In fact, according to the results of the data collected from South Korea, China and Italy, around 33% of the patients either noticed a complete loss of smell or felt a significant decrease. The loss of smell or anosmia is characterized by a complete loss of sense of smell. In addition, the loss of smell and taste can also occur in people who do not have the main symptoms of a coronavirus infection: temperature and cough.

If you suddenly stop smelling and tasting, you might be able to put up with it for a while. However, the loss of smell may not be the most unpleasant consequence of a viral infection. If you don't know the dangerous nature of hiding in the cells of an organism with strong immunity, you can become an active distributor of this "scary" coronavirus, which is causing the whole world to panic, and of course not without reason.

This is due to the so-called "hidden transport" of the virus, which you and your doctor may not even suspect. Without smelling the coffee in the morning, you are unlikely to take the COVID-19 test or switch to self-isolation mode. The well-known portal Bussinessinsider.com suggests that it was the "hidden" form of transportation of coronavirus infections that could play a cruel joke about the virus's global spread.

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Some scientists are convinced that the severity of a coronavirus infection can determine the age and condition of the patient. Some assumptions assume that young people often only get away with asymptomatic or mild forms of the disease, while older people with chronic diseases are at significantly higher risk.

Experts believe that, thanks to the immune system developed in young people, the virus often simply sticks to the nose and does not spread through the respiratory tract. A similar fact is directly related to these statistics, which show a relatively small percentage of young people with a severe form of the disease. At the same time, the virus still affects the nerve pathways and the person who is infected with the coronavirus stops smelling. Fortunately, temporarily. After the infection is cured, such an unpleasant manifestation of the disease disappears and a person can regain the ability to smell the objects around them.

Statistics show that older people are more likely to develop severe COVID-19 than younger people

So if you suddenly lose your sense of smell, we strongly recommend that you stay at home and isolate yourself for at least a few days. Such measures will prevent the spread of a deadly disease, British scientists say.

Hi-News.ru wrote earlier that not only older people, but also young people are now at risk of a mutated disease. You can read about it in this article.