Loss of sense of smell or taste is now an important symptom of Covid-19 disease. New research shows what’s going on in the nose.
It is quite irritating when the most wonderful fragrances disappear. When cooking and eating anyway, you suddenly lack the aroma of autumn leaves, the magic of Advent or the beloved animal. Unpleasant odors are no longer perceived, but the impact on quality of life is still significant. At the beginning of the pandemic, sensory disturbances were only seen as side effects, but they seemed particularly annoying to patients.
Meanwhile, odor and taste restrictions have long been identified as one of the main symptoms after Sars-CoV-2 infection. According to the Robert Koha Institute in Germany, 21 percent of victims register complaints. Sometimes specialist articles indicate a frequency of 30 to 40 percent. Especially in patients who are otherwise almost asymptomatic, the missing or altered sense of smell is often the only thing that noticeably bothers them.