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Smell and taste dysfunction in patients with COVID-19

Published time: 15 April 2020

Authors: Michael S Xydakis, Puya Dehgani-Mobaraki, Eric H Holbrook, Urban W Geisthoff, Christian Bauer, Charlotte Hautefort, Philippe Herman, Geoffrey T Manley, Dina M Lyon, Claire Hopkins

Keywords: smell and taste dysfunction, coronavirus, COVID-19


The plural of an anecdote is not evidence, yet anecdotal international reports are accumulating from ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeons and other health-care workers on the front lines that anosmia, with or without dysgeusia, are symptoms frequently associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and the British Association of Otorhinolaryngology are now recommending these symptoms be added to the list of primary screening symptoms for COVID-19.

Smell and taste dysfunction in patients with COVID-19



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