Doctor Suggests Loss Of Scent May Be Symptom Of Coronavirus

Peter Haskell
March 25, 2020 - 4:42 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — As doctors continue to study COVID-19, they’re searching for a common link among patients and one of them might be related to scent.

The most common symptoms of coronavirus are a dry cough, fever or shortness of breath; but doctors say there might be an even earlier sign.

“An early sign of infection of the COVID-19 virus could effect one’s sense of smell,” says Dr. Erich Voight, an ear, nose an throat specialist at NYU Langone.

He says the virus may be causing people to lose their sense of smell before worse symptoms set in. However, it’s difficult to say definitively if a loss of scent is actually related to the virus.

“There are a lot of people who might actually lose their sense of smell and taste because of seasonal allergies in addition to a viral infection,” Dr. Voight said.

If you do lose your sense of smell, Dr. Voight suggests self-quarantining and calling a doctor.