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Presentation of new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rhinology. 2020 Jun 01; 58(3):295-298.R

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Anosmia has not been formally recognised as a symptom of COVID-19 infection. Growing anecdotal evidence suggests increasing incidence of cases of anosmia during the current pandemic, suggesting that COVID-19 may cause olfactory dysfunction. The objective was to characterise patients reporting new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic METHODOLOGY: Design: Survey of 2428 patients reporting new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SETTING

Volunteer sample of patients seeking medical advice of recent onset self-diagnosed loss of sense of smell RESULTS: 2428 surveys were completed within 7 days; 64% respondents were under 40. The majority of respondents reported onset of their anosmia in the last week. Of the cohort, 17% did not report any other symptom thought to be associated with COVID-19. In patients who reported other symptoms, 51% reported either cough or fever and therefore met current guidelines for self-isolation.

CONCLUSIONS

Anosmia is reported in conjunction with well-reported symptoms of coronas virus, but 1 in 6 patients with recent onset anosmia report this as an isolated symptom. This might help identify otherwise asymptomatic carriers of disease and trigger targeted testing. Further study with COVID-19 testing is required to identify the proportion of patients in whom new onset anosmia can be attributed to COVID-19.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Guy's and St Thomas'; Hospitals, London, United Kingdom; King's College, London, United Kingdom.Guy's and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London, United Kingdom.Edge Hill University Medical School, Orsmkirk, United Kingdom.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32277751

Citation

Hopkins, C, et al. "Presentation of New Onset Anosmia During the COVID-19 Pandemic." Rhinology, vol. 58, no. 3, 2020, pp. 295-298.
Hopkins C, Surda P, Kumar N. Presentation of new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhinology. 2020;58(3):295-298.
Hopkins, C., Surda, P., & Kumar, N. (2020). Presentation of new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rhinology, 58(3), 295-298. https://doi.org/10.4193/Rhin20.116
Hopkins C, Surda P, Kumar N. Presentation of New Onset Anosmia During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Rhinology. 2020 Jun 1;58(3):295-298. PubMed PMID: 32277751.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Presentation of new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic. AU - Hopkins,C, AU - Surda,P, AU - Kumar,N, PY - 2020/4/12/pubmed PY - 2020/6/10/medline PY - 2020/4/12/entrez SP - 295 EP - 298 JF - Rhinology JO - Rhinology VL - 58 IS - 3 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Anosmia has not been formally recognised as a symptom of COVID-19 infection. Growing anecdotal evidence suggests increasing incidence of cases of anosmia during the current pandemic, suggesting that COVID-19 may cause olfactory dysfunction. The objective was to characterise patients reporting new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic METHODOLOGY: Design: Survey of 2428 patients reporting new onset anosmia during the COVID-19 pandemic. SETTING: Volunteer sample of patients seeking medical advice of recent onset self-diagnosed loss of sense of smell RESULTS: 2428 surveys were completed within 7 days; 64% respondents were under 40. The majority of respondents reported onset of their anosmia in the last week. Of the cohort, 17% did not report any other symptom thought to be associated with COVID-19. In patients who reported other symptoms, 51% reported either cough or fever and therefore met current guidelines for self-isolation. CONCLUSIONS: Anosmia is reported in conjunction with well-reported symptoms of coronas virus, but 1 in 6 patients with recent onset anosmia report this as an isolated symptom. This might help identify otherwise asymptomatic carriers of disease and trigger targeted testing. Further study with COVID-19 testing is required to identify the proportion of patients in whom new onset anosmia can be attributed to COVID-19. SN - 0300-0729 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/32277751/Presentation_of_new_onset_anosmia_during_the_COVID_19_pandemic_ L2 - https://www.rhinologyjournal.com/Abstract.php?id=2456 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -