With high hopes of getting rid of the COVID-19 illness in 2021, humanity still has a lot to struggle with because of it. The US reported yesterday (January 6) the highest number of deaths in the country since the start of the ongoing pandemic: 4,100. The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines began for the US, the EU’s states, and other countries as well.
Perhaps everybody knows by now the classic symptoms that many people infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus are facing: shortness of breath, fatigue, cough, headaches, body aches, and fever. But there’s one particular one that characterizes 86% of the patients, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Lack of smell and taste is the most common symptom
Yahoo.com writes that 86% of those who suffer from mild COVID-19 infections experience a lack of smell and taste. According to the World Health Organization, only about 10-15% of COVID-19 cases lead to severe illness, while about 5% of the infected people become critically ill.
As for the new research, over 2,500 patients from 18 European hospitals were analyzed. Oddly or not, about 4 to 7 percent of those with moderate to severe COVID-19 illness reported the loss of smell or taste.
Lead author Jerome R. Lechien, who is MD, Ph.D., and MS, of Paris Saclay University, declared:
Olfactory dysfunction is more prevalent in mild COVID-19 forms than in moderate-to-critical forms, and 95% of patients recover their sense of smell at 6-months post-infection.
As it was expected, younger patients had a higher rate of olfactory dysfunction by comparison with older patients.
The US continues to be devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic
The US has a total number of almost 22 million infections and more than 370,000 deaths. The most affected American states are California (over 2.5 million cases), Texas (over 1.8 million infections), Florida (more than 1.4 million infections), New York (over 1 million infections), Illinois (almost 1 million infections), Ohio (more than 742,000 infections), Georgia (over 700,000 infections), Pennsylvania (over 680,000 infections), Tennessee (over 625,000 infections), and so on.
But there’s also good news, as a number of over 13 million people infected with the coronavirus in the US were recovered. Last but not least, the other good news is that about 5.3 million Americans have already gotten a COVID-19 vaccine, according to The New York Times.
Two vaccines received authorization from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for preventing COVID-19 illness in the US: the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and the one developed by Moderna.
Experts are concerned that what’s coming after the COVID-19 pandemic is over could even be worse: another pandemic of mental health issues. It’s obvious for anyone that online school, remote work, and avoiding physical contact too much will inevitably lead to mental health problems since humans are social beings by nature.
Lisa Carlson, the American Public Health Association’s immediate past president, declared:
We don’t have a vaccine for our mental health like we do for our physical health,
So, it will take longer to come out of those challenges.
Whether we’re talking about depression, sedentism, burnout, and more, such mental issues are on the list of the awful aftermaths of the COVID-19 pandemic. Too many people had lost their jobs, forced to work and learn from home, got their businesses ruined, and so on.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to look awful worldwide as well. The UK still struggles with the new strain of the coronavirus that spread significantly faster than the old one. The country reports tens of thousands of infections every day.