Doctors Finding More COVID Patients Losing Their Sense of Smell

Doctors Finding More COVID Patients Losing Their Sense of Smell

Some COVID Patients Are Slowly Losing This Sense…

( – In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of smell was a common side effect reported by infected individuals. Doctors say the number of people experiencing that symptom went down with subsequent variants, but experts are beginning to see a resurgence with the BA.5 Omicron subvariant.

A study published in Sage Journals on May 3 noted that anosmia was less likely with each inception of the virus. People were less than half as likely to have it happen with delta than with the original strain. By the time Omicron developed, the chances were only at 17%.

Experts believe the coronavirus somehow damages nerves that send signals to the brain about smells, causing the loss of the sense. It appears BA.5 is doing damage similar to the original or Alpha strain. Still, not enough information is available to predict whether it’s as common due to underreporting and the fast-moving evolution of the virus.

Most people who lose their sense of smell usually regain it within three months. However, long-term impacts aren’t out of the question. For some, smells become altered, and the scent they expect isn’t what their brain registers. Any alteration to the sense can negatively impact a person’s life. Doctors hope continuing research will help find solutions for those experiencing long-term effects.

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