Anosmia and COVID

Loss of sense of smell increasingly recognised as a symptom of COVID-19

It has come to be recognised that anosmia (loss of smell) can form part of the COVID-19 clinical picture, and in patients with mild COVID-19, can be the major presenting feature. Many senior ENT clinicians have noted a rise in patients <40 years presenting with isolated anosmia during the COVID-19 outbreak and warn clinicians to be aware these patients may be presenting with COVID-19.  Clinicians are advised against use of oral steroids which may worsen SARS-CoV-2 infection. ENT UK advise in this letter, that asking adults with anosmia alone to self-isolate may reduce the spread of novel coronavirus.

This article was written by Dr Rachel Coles, paediatric trainee on 24th March 2020.

Please contact with questions and comments.

Loading Author...


Sign in or Register to comment