Loss of smell occurs with the common cold and other viral infections of the nose and throat.
Anecdotal reports suggest the loss of smell may be one of the first symptoms of COVID-19.
Doctors around the world are reporting that up to 70% of patients who test positive for the coronavirus disease COVID-19 – even those without fever, cough or other typical symptoms of the disease – are experiencing anosmia, a loss of smell, or ageusia, a loss of taste, according to Theconversation.com.
As COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the US, a troubling trend seems to be arising on Google, number of searches for „I can’t smell anything“ has skyrocketed.
Troubling number of searches, according to Google trends, can be found in Michigan and Illinois where more than a 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 is confirmed yesterday.
According to data from Google trends, query that has also skyrocketed is „I cant taste or smell anything“.
It has risen for 150 per cent, show the Google trends tool.
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