Loss of smell and taste reported as early symptoms of COVID-19

Published: Mar. 30, 2020 at 9:51 AM PDT
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Doctors around the world say they may have figured out the initial symptoms people should watch for, to see if they have COVID-19.

Doctors in France are shedding the light on the loss of smell and taste as early signs of the virus.

Dr. Paul Manoukian, who works at Sierra Nevada Ear, Nose & Throat in Carson City says, it is believed you will lose these senses first and then the other symptoms like fever, shortness of breath, fatigue and/or chest pains could come.

saying there is evidence to indicate that lost or reduced sense of smell and taste are symptoms associated with the virus.

Dr. Manoukian says speaking to colleagues about cases around our region, the majority of people who have or had COVID-19 suffered from a loss of smell as the initial symptoms.

He says this news is surprising because it wasn't released with the first batch of information from Wuhan, China.

Dr. Manoukian says the virus could be spread through coughing and sneezing and that is why it’s important people to cover it.

Manoukian says if you have these conditions, you should self isolate. He also adds, the loss of smell and taste is not permanent.

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