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Source: United Kingdom – Executive Government & Departments

A preprint, posted on Medrxiv, reports on loss of smell and taste as symptoms of COVID-19.

Prof Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Health Sciences, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, said:

“This is an important study because it is the first to demonstrate scientifically and in a large population sample that loss of smell is a characteristic feature of COVID.  The researchers also showed that loss of smell occasionally occurs in people who do not have COVID, and that not everyone with COVID loses their sense of smell.

“A very recent review of the literature by my group found no proper studies on this topic (https://www.cebm.net/covid-19/what-is-the-evidence-for-anosmia-loss-of-smell-as-a-clinical-feature-of-covid-19/), so this is a novel finding.

“Some people might criticise the scientists for using self-reports (i.e. asking patients to report their own test results rather than obtaining the report from their doctor), but my own view is that most respondents would give an accurate report.”

Preprint (not a paper): ‘Loss of smell and taste in combination with other symptoms is a strong predictor of COVID-19 infection’ by Cristina Menni et al. will be posted on medRxiv.  This work is not peer-reviewed.

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