Up to 1.6 Million Americans May Have Long-Term Loss of Smell Due to COVID

MSN HEALTH – Up to 1.6 million people in the U.S. may have developed a long-term inability to smell due to COVID-19 infection, according to a study published Thursday in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery.

The high number of people with chronic olfactory dysfunction (COD) as shown in the study provides another “growing public health concern of COVID-19,” the researchers wrote.

The report also indicated that many of those with COD as a result of coronavirus may never fully recover their sense of smell … 

The researchers estimated the number of people who had COVID-related loss of smell based on data from a separate analysis, which concluded that between 30 percent and 75 percent of those infected suffered anosmia.

They also studied the recovery rates for people who experienced persistent COD.

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They ultimately concluded that more than 700,000 and up to 1.6 million people in the United States have experienced a loss of smell that has lasted more than six months as a result of infection with COVID-19

The authors also noted “[t]he true number of COD may be far higher” than their results found, since “state-reported positive cases likely underestimate the true number of positive cases” … READ MORE. 



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