A new study, made by rhinologists in the UK, reveals that younger people might be the ones that without knowing helped the velocity of coronavirus spread. Gathering data from the US, France, Northern Italy, as well as China, Iran, and South Korea, the specialists observed that many of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection that showed no usual symptoms also complained about the loss of smell and/or taste.
Almost 30 percent of the confirmed patients had hyposmia, anosmia, or ageusia. Also, 30 percent of those showing mild symptoms or no symptoms confirmed to have had these symptoms. Most of them were the younger patients, about which it is already known that the virus is gentler with.
“In young patients, they do not have any significant symptoms such as the cough and fever, but they may have just the loss of sense of smell and taste, which suggests that these viruses are lodging in the nose,” said the president of the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology, professor Nirmal Kumar.
Mild COVID-19 due to coronavirus causes a sudden loss of smell and taste
Hyposmia (or Microsmia) is the reduced ability to smell, and to detect odors is a well-known symptom of viral infections. On the other hand, Anosmia (or smell blindness) is the temporary or permanent loss of the ability to detect one or more smells. It can be caused by infection.
Ageusia is the loss of taste functions of the tongue. The sensation can sometimes be confused with anosmia. One of its leading causes is the infection of the upper respiratory tract.
Professor Kumar and the president of the British Rhinological Society Professor, Clare Hopkins, joined their statement in asking the people that experience those symptoms to self-isolate for seven-days. No persistent cough, no high fever, but sudden changes in the smell and/or tastes sense are now a reason to consider yourself a threat to everyone around you.