Spanish scientists have found that loss of smell indicates the manifestation of a strong immune response. This is stated in a study published in the journal Infection.
As part of this work, scientists have studied one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19, namely, loss of sensitivity to tastes and smells.
After analyzing the data of 5,868 patients who had recovered from COVID-19, experts found symptoms of a violation of the sense of smell in 8.67 percent of men and 12.41 percent of women. In addition, the researchers found that people under the age of 65 are more likely to experience this symptom.
Scientists have determined that the symptoms of a violation of the sense of smell indicate the manifestation of a strong immune response in the body. This immune response to the virus, in turn, significantly reduces the likelihood of developing a cytokine storm, potentially leading to the death of the patient, according to the study.
On February 14, people who suffered from the coronavirus spoke about the unusual consequences of the so-called long-term COVID-19. In addition to common symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, abdominal discomfort, dizziness and muscle pain, respondents said they suffered from “frightening” long-term consequences: paralysis, neuralgia, pain in the appendix region, and seizures and liver damage.
On January 22, it became known that the manifestation of the coronavirus can be expressed, inter alia, through inflammation of the oral cavity, and patients with COVID-19 may need the help of a dentist.
Earlier, on January 4, scientists named a rare but potential symptom of the coronavirus. According to published research, COVID-19 can manifest itself as prolonged hiccups.