Loss of Smell and Taste? You Are 10 Times More Likely To Have COVID-19, but Also Recover Faster
Until recently, loss of smell and taste was one of the many symptoms anecdotally linked to COVID-19. Now, researchers have reported the first empirical findings that strongly associate sensory loss with COVID-19 and further link a faster recovery among those who experienced such sensory loss.
 
Published in the journal International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology, the study was conducted by researchers from the University of California (UC) San Diego Health.
 
"Based on our study, if you have smell and taste loss, you are more than 10 times more likely to have covid-19 infection than other causes of infection. The most common first sign of a covid-19 infection remains fever, but fatigue and loss of smell and taste follow as other very common initial symptoms," said Dr Carol Yan, MD, an otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeon at UC San Diego Health. "We know COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus. This study supports the need to be aware of smell and taste loss as early signs of COVID-19."
 
For the study, researchers surveyed 1,480 patients with flu-like symptoms and concerns regarding potential COVID-19 infection who had undergone testing at UC San Diego Health between 3rd March and 29th March. Amongst those surveyed, 102 patients tested positive for the virus, while 1,378 tested negative. The study includes responses from 59 COVID-19 positive patients and 203 COVID-19 negative patients. 
 
Dr Yan stated that the study demonstrates a high prevalence and unique presentation of certain sensory impairments in patients positive with COVID-19. Among those participants who reported loss of smell and taste, the loss was typically recorded to be profound and not mild. But, encouragingly, the rate of recovery of smell and taste was high and usually occurred within two to four weeks of infection. 
 
“Our study not only showed that the high incidence of smell and taste is specific to COVID-19 infection, but we fortunately also found that for the majority of people sensory recovery was generally rapid,” explained Dr Yan. “Among the COVID-19 patients with smell loss, more than 70 percent had reported improvement of smell at the time of survey and of those who hadn’t reported improvement, many had only been diagnosed recently.” 
 
Researchers found that sensory return, typically, matched the timing of disease recovery. More interestingly, they found that persons who reported experiencing a sore throat more often tested negative for COVID-19. 
 
Implementing the findings from this study, UC San Diego Health now includes loss of smell and taste as a screening requirement for visitors and staff, as well as a marker for testing patients who may be positive for the virus.
 
Other well-established symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, fatigue, cough and difficulty in breathing. Participants in this study were most often persons with milder forms of COVID-19 infection who did not require hospitalisation or intubation. Dr Yan stresses that the findings underline the importance of identifying early or subtle symptoms of COVID-19 infection in people who may be at risk of transmitting the disease as they recuperate within the community. 
 
“It is our hope that with these findings other institutions will follow suit and not only list smell and taste loss as a symptom of COVID-19, but use it as a screening measure for the virus across the world,” said Dr Yan. 
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    tillan2k

    1 month ago

    Is ther any research done by Indian establishments or they translate foreign in to various indian language or quality of education is not enough to do research or even study only education i meant free riders

    Centre Asks States & UTs to Prescribe COVID-19 Test to Any Individual Fulfilling ICMR Criteria
    With the aim to remove all impediments in testing, the Central government has asked states and Union territories (UTs) to immediately take steps to facilitate and ramp up testing. In a note, Preeti Sudan, secretary for health department, and Dr Balram Bhargava, director general of ICMR reiterated that ‘test-track-treat’ is the key strategy for early detection and containment of the pandemic.
     
    The note says, "States and UTs have been advised to facilitate testing at the earliest by enabling all qualified medical practitioners, including private practitioners, to prescribe COVID test to any individual fulfilling the criteria for testing as per ICMR guidelines."
     
    ICMR says it has strongly recommended that laboratories should be free to test any individual in accordance to the ICMR guidelines and state authorities must not restrict an individual from getting tested, as early testing will help in containing the virus and saving lives. 
     
    Pointing out that in some states and UTs, the capacity utilisation of the testing labs, particularly the ones in private sector, is grossly sub-optimal, they advised states and UTs to take all possible steps to ensure full capacity utilisation of all COVID-19 testing laboratories.
     
    The note says, "While reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is the gold standard for diagnosis of COVlD-19, ICMR has recently approved the use of a point-of-care rapid antigen test for early detection of COVID-19. The test is quick, simple, safe and can be used as a point-of-care test in containment zones as well as hospitals, as per criteria specified by ICMR for testing. More such kits are being validated by ICMR to increase the available options to the citizens. ICMR has so far approved a total of 1,056 laboratories for COVID-19 testing. Of this, 764 labs are in public sector and 292 are in the private sector."
     
    In order to facilitate testing, states and UTs have also been advised to make efforts in 'campaign mode' by setting up camps and using mobiles vans in high incidence areas to collect samples of all symptomatic individuals as well as their contacts and get those samples tested by using rapid antigen tests. 
     
    "The positive individuals should be treated according to the treatment protocol and the negative ones should be tested for RT-PCR. Also, the rate for RT-PCR test by private labs should be finalized by the states and UTs. They have been further advised to make it mandatory for all labs to upload the testing data on the ICMR database as well as report to state, district and city authorities for surveillance and contact tracing," the note says.
     
    In addition, the note from the health department and ICMR asks to ramp up and facilitate testing and pay attention to 'contact tracing' as it holds the key to containing the virus. States have also been asked to maintain strict vigil and continue to make all possible efforts for effective management of COVID-19.  
     
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    Ramesh Popat

    1 month ago

    Senior citizens were allowed to test
    without Dr prescription?

    A Person With COVID-19 is Not Expected To Produce Income Certificate before Admission: Bombay HC
    While asking a prominent hospital to deposit Rs10 lakh within two weeks, the Bombay High Court has ruled that a person with coronavirus (COVID-19) infection is not expected to produce an income certificate before admission for availing benefits meant for weaker sections and indigent persons. 
     
    In an order passed last week, the bench of justice Ramesh Dhanuka and justice Madhav Jamdar, says, "In our prima-facie view a person who is suffering from the disease like COVID-19 is not expected to produce a tehsildar certificate or certificate from social welfare officer before seeking admission in the hospital for seeking benefits under Section 41AA(4)(c) and (d)."
     
    The bench was hearing a petition filed by Bharat Nagar, Bandra resident Abdul Shoeb Shaikh against KJ Somaiya Hospital and Research Center. The family of Shaikhs with seven members had paid Rs10 lakh out of Rs12.5 lakh they were billed when admitted to the Hospital between 11th to 28 April 2020 for COVID-19 treatment. 
     
    "We are not inclined to accept the submission made by the learned senior counsel Janak Dwarkadas for the Somaiya Hospital that unless such certificate is produced by the petitioners at the threshold, the hospital is not liable to admit any such patient under those categories in the precarious situation prevailing at the date of admission of the petitioners," the bench noted.
     
    On 30 April 2020, Maharashtra government issued a government resolution (GR) capping prices for COVID-19 treatment in private and charitable hospitals. Later on 21st May, the state government issued another GR mandating that such hospitals reserve 20% beds and offer free treatment to the poor.
     
    The High Court also observed that Maharashtra government was required to issue a notification dated 21 May 2020, providing the rates for treatment of such patients and for other diseases in view of the grievances regarding exorbitant amount of money charged by healthcare providers causing hardship to public in general during COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    During the previous hearing on 13th June, the Bombay HC had directed an inquiry supervised personally by the charity commissioner whether the hospital is strictly following reservations for weaker section and indigent persons during the lockdown.  
     
    In an affidavit, the charity commissioner told the bench that despite reserving 20% of its beds for poor and needy persons, the hospital had treated only four such patients—three in May and another in June—during the coronavirus-induced lock-down. 
     
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    jjain782

    1 month ago

    Hospital 's license should be canceled

    tillan2k

    1 month ago

    hospitals make money by literally selling corpse body bags ( KAFFANS) a profession thrives on human misery

    ASHWIN MEHTA

    1 month ago

    Just celebrate the Doctor's Day and praise them as "Corona Warriors". But the management (Hospitals) under which these people work, shall continue to suck blood of common man. The doctors are also helpless in this regard. Patients and their relatives are so freightened at the time of admission, that they forgot to ask the cost of treatment before starting of the treatment. All such hospitals should be forced to give a clear break-up as regards to 1) Room Charges 2) Doctor's visit Fees (A debatable charge, when doctors are working in the hospital, where is the question of visit Fee, they are supposed to be at their place of work) 3) Doctor's Fee 4) Medication and consumables estimates 5) Cost of Oxygen cylinder or ventilator (If needed) etc..
    In many hospitals, I have seen, the Main Doctor under whom you are getting admission for a particular procedure or operation etc...will invariably call few of his collegaues working in the same hospital in name of 1) Cardiologist 2) Diabetologist 3) Dietician and what not. Each doctor shall visit the patient, hardly for a minute, talk to Nurses and move away and charging Rs.2000/- per visit, even that patient doesnot need any such specialist. In my own case, when my wife was admitted in Sir H.N.Reliance hospital for 8 days for a Urinary Tract infection, the total bill was made as Rs.1,64,000/-. Out of that Rs.64,000/- was towards visit Fees,as 4 different M.D.s used to visit her daily for a minute or two. S0
    4 X 8 Days X Rs.2000= Rs. 64,000/-. Even after all this, she was passed away, after 25 days of discharge because of Hear attack. Not a single M.D. suggested to keep : Sorbitol or any such medicines handy. (Its their duty to suggest, that she may get a Hear attack after all such heavy Antibiotics and other medicines.) The problem is made so complex that a common man is afraid to speak against any Doctor or the hospital management, as majority time, all these people are never available/ or they are not ready to talk to you. You need to fight your own battle with modern Health care Industry. No one has time to break their head for you.

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