A new study has found another symptom for covid-19, that is loss of smell. This may indicate that a person will experience a milder case of the disease. One might experience a partial or total loss of the ability to smell.
In a correspondence piece in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, Dr. Michael Xydakis of the Department of Defense, United States Air Force Medical Services Corp, and his colleagues highlight that it is not yet clear why or how COVID-19 causes someone to lose their smell. However, their initial observations suggest that loss of smell “manifests either early in the disease process or in patients with mild or no constitutional symptoms.”
The authors of the new research want to know further how severe is the loss of smell as a COVID-19 symptom. If it is possible to confirm that people who experience loss of smell as an early symptom are less likely to develop a severe infection, hospitals may be able to ease the pressure on their resources by sending these individuals home to self-care.