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Study: Loss of smell, taste may be early symptoms of COVID-19

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - There is a new warning from health care providers about the symptoms of COVID-19.

Most people experience respiratory issues. For the past several weeks, health care providers have asked all of us to be on the lookout for three main symptoms for the coronavirus. They included fever, a dry cough and shortness of breath. A worsening of this can result in the complication of pneumonia.

Now, we are learning there may be a few that also show up, sometimes before these others.

Dr. Amit Govil specializes in patients who have compromised immunity, especially those who have had an organ transplant. He says GI symptoms, such as diarrhea and a loss of smell and taste are now added to the list. He says in one study, more than 50% of the patients complained of loss of taste and smell before they had any respiratory symptoms. The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery told its members that this loss of sense of smell is often an early indicator of the disease. If you notice it, you may want to be on the lookout for the other symptoms.
Dr. Govil says there is no indication right now that your smell and taste don't come back once you get better.

Call your own doctor if any symptoms seem to get worse instead of better -- especially after seven days.


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