Loss of smell may be early sign of virus

Doctors around the world are reporting that anosmia may be a clinical indicator in otherwise symptom-free SARS-CoV-2 carriers

An unexpected loss of the sense of smell may be the first sign a person has coronavirus, medical specialists are reporting.


Ear, nose and throat surgeons say a loss of smell, as the virus causes swelling in the olfactory mucosa, could be used as a key clinical indicator in otherwise symptom-free carriers of SARS-CoV-2.

"It is these silent carriers who may remain undetected by current screening procedures, which may explain why the disease has