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Loss of Smell and Taste Validated as COVID-19 Symptoms in Patients with High Recovery Rate

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  • Study shows that “if you have smell and taste loss, you are more than 10 times more likely to have COVID-19 infection than other causes of infection.”
  • Fever is the most common first sign, but this follows as another very common initial symptom.
  • The study was based on surveying 1,480 patients with flu-like symptoms and COVID concerns, who were tested at UC San Diego Health from March 3 through March 29.
  • The results show that loss of smell and taste is specific to COVID, but also that most people regain their senses, and it happens quickly.
  • Study authors hope that these findings will convince doctors and institutions around the world to use smell and taste loss as a screening measure for COVID.

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