One of the telltale signs of COVID-19 continues to be a loss of taste and smell. In most cases, this symptom goes away following a full recovery, though it’s more likely to disappear quicker for patients under 40.
An ongoing study at Virginia Commonwealth University has found that at least four out of five people who lost their sense of smell or taste due to COVID-19 experienced a full recovery of their senses in six months. Participants in the study who were younger than 40 apparently were the fastest to recover.
“The more we learn from those who’ve been affected, the better we can advise their health care providers and even individuals themselves on how to manage those symptoms,” lead study author Dr. Daniel Coelho, M.D., told Medical Dialogues. The entire article can be read here.
It’s important to remember that a loss of taste and smell isn’t necessarily exclusive to COVID-19. In some cases, it might be tricky to tell the difference between this virus and other conditions, such as allergies, but a proper diagnosis from your health care provider can help set you on the right track.
If you experience any additional symptoms that might be linked to allergies or recovery from COVID-19 symptoms, we’re here to help. Request an appointment today!