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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:25 AM

Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection

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Source: New York Times

Doctor groups are recommending testing and isolation for people who lose their ability to smell and taste, even if they have no other symptoms.
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Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, an accompanying diminished sense of taste, have emerged as peculiar telltale signs of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and possible markers of infection.

On Friday, British ear, nose and throat doctors, citing reports from colleagues around the world, called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days, even if they have no other symptoms, to slow the disease’s spread. The published data is limited, but doctors are concerned enough to raise warnings.
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“Almost everybody who is hospitalized has this same story,” said Dr. Marco Metra, chief of the cardiology department at the main hospital in Brescia, where 700 of 1,200 inpatients have the coronavirus. “You ask about the patient’s wife or husband. And the patient says, ‘My wife has just lost her smell and taste but otherwise she is well.’ So she is likely infected, and she is spreading it"

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/health/coronavirus-symptoms-smell-taste.html

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Steven Maurer Mar 2020 OP
PoliticAverse Mar 2020 #1
cstanleytech Mar 2020 #5
no_hypocrisy Mar 2020 #2
cstanleytech Mar 2020 #6
lagomorph777 Mar 2020 #7
SergeStorms Mar 2020 #3
diane in sf Mar 2020 #4
Marthe48 Mar 2020 #8
Omaha Steve Mar 2020 #9

Response to Steven Maurer (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:56 AM

1. Also "red eyes"...

Red eyes may be telltale symptom of coronavirus: nurse
https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/red-eyes-may-be-telltale-symptom-of-coronavirus-nurse/

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Response to PoliticAverse (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:19 AM

5. That's assuming that agencies such as WHO and the CDC missed those symptoms which i find

highly unlikely.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 05:58 AM

2. Trouble is that at this time of the year, a lot of people suffer from allergies

That often means stuffed noses and impeded sense of smell/taste.

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Response to no_hypocrisy (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:21 AM

6. Yup the pollen is so thick here it creates a yellowish coating

on anything outside and even looks like a hazy fog in the distance.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:10 AM

7. Sounds like you live near me.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 05:58 AM

3. The Dewey Cox virus.

Not to make light of this news or the virus, but that's the first thing that popped into my mind. I'm viral news punchy right now.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:10 AM

4. Loss of sense of smell is also a symptom of zinc deficiency. Supplementing with zinc may be a good

idea. It seems to shorten colds and make them less severe. The common cold virus is often another type of corona virus (there are some other viruses with the same symptoms).

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Response to Steven Maurer (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:12 AM

8. I had pneumonia in 2016

I was diagnosed and treated. I lost my sense of smell for 2 or 3 weeks.

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Response to Steven Maurer (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:39 AM

9. After a review by forum hosts....LOCKING

Article is way over the 12 hour limit for LBN. It is 3 days old.

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