An odd symptom that might flag a Covid-19 infection in its early stages
was recently identified by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
In a statement on their website, they said symptoms of anosmia, or lack of sense of smell, and dysgeusia, or lack of taste, should be used to identify possible Covid-19 infections.
“Anosmia, in particular, has been seen in patients ultimately testing positive for the coronavirus with no other symptoms,” the statement says.
It has long been known in medical literature that a sudden loss of smell may be associated with respiratory infections caused by other types of coronaviruses.
The same applies to conjunctivitis, a highly contagious condition also known as pink eye.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of the thin, transparent layer of tissue, called conjunctiva, that covers the white part of the eye and the inside of the eyelid.
Reports from China and around the world are showing that about 1% to 3% of people with Covid-19 also had conjunctivitis.
But this novel coronavirus, also called SARS-CoV-2, is just one of many viruses that can cause conjunctivitis, so it came as no real surprise to scientists that this newly discovered virus would do the same.
Still, a pink or red eye could be one more sign t
hat you should call your doctor if you also have other tell-tale symptoms of Covid-19, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Overall, “I think we’re getting a little bit more insight into the types of symptoms that patients might have,” said CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta on the CNN’s New Day news program.
“In a study out of China where they looked at some of the earliest patients, some 200 patients, they found that digestive or stomach GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms were actually there in about half the patients,” Gupta said.
described a unique sub-set of milder cases in which the initial symptoms were digestive issues such as diarrhea, often without fever. Those patients experienced delays in testing and diagnosis than patients with respiratory issues, and took longer to clear the virus from their systems.
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