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Sixty seconds on . . . anosmia

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 March 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m1202

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
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I’ve read about this. What’s the link?

While a high temperature and a new, continuous cough are the most established symptoms of covid-19, the World Health Organization is now examining how common it might be for infected people to experience a loss of smell (anosmia) or taste (ageusia).

Is this common with this type of virus?

A lot of respiratory viruses can cause problems with smell receptors. And there is evidence that previous coronaviruses have been associated with post-viral smell loss. …

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