Sense of smell did not return to a quarter of Covid patients after 2 months

Nearly a quarter of patients who suffered loss of smell from coronavirus did not see it return two months later, new study found Researchers looked at data from of 2,581 patients from 18 European hospitals  Reveals 24.1% did not regain their smell and taste within 60 days of infection  But the senses did come back to 95% of patients within six months of infection  

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 05:01 GMT, 6 January 2021 | Updated: 05:01 GMT, 6 January 2021

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Losing the senses smell and taste are common symptoms of Covid-19 and new data shows it affects 86 per cent of individuals with mild cases. 

However only 4.5 per cent of people with moderate cases and 6.9 per cent in severe-to-critical cases say they have these symptoms. 

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The study from Paris Saclay University also reveals that for a quarter of people (24.1 per cent) their smell and taste fail to return within 60 days of infection.

But the vast majority (95 per cent) of all patients do regain their sense of smell six months post-infection. 

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The study from Paris Saclay University reveals that for for almost a quarter of people (24.1 per cent) their smell and taste did not return within 60 days of infection

The study from Paris Saclay University reveals that for for almost a quarter of people (24.1 per cent) their smell and taste did not return within 60 days of infection

The figures vary depending on if the symptom is reported by the patient themself or the doctor. 

Objective clinical evaluations found a loss of smell in 54.7 per cent of mild cases of COVID-19 and 36.6 per cent of moderate-to-critical cases of COVID-19.

And two months later almost a quarter of patients still suffered from a lack of smell, also known as anosmia.

Researchers scrutinised anonymous data from more than 2,000 people in 18 different European hospitals.

Objective clinical evaluations found a loss of smell in 54.7 per cent of mild cases of COVID-19 and 36.6 per cent of moderate-to-critical cases of COVID-19. Researchers discovered olfactory dysfunction  in more than half of mild virus infections (stock)

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Objective clinical evaluations found a loss of smell in 54.7 per cent of mild cases of COVID-19 and 36.6 per cent of moderate-to-critical cases of COVID-19. Researchers discovered olfactory dysfunction  in more than half of mild virus infections (stock)

What is anosmia? 

Anosmia is the medical name for a condition in which someone suffers a complete or partial loss of their sense of smell and/or taste.

The most common single cause of the condition – temporary or permanent – is illnesses which affect the nose or sinuses, such as polyps which grow in the airways,

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