High prevalence of olfactory and taste disorder during SARS-CoV-2 infection in outpatients

Andrea De Maria, Paola Varese, Chiara Dentone, Emanuela Barisione, Matteo Bassetti

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Abstract

Prevalent symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 in reports and metaanalyses refer to cough, fatigue, myalgia and respiratory distress. These represent clinically acknowledged relevant findings of valuable importance, particularly with the requirement for ventilation and hospital bed occupancy in ICUs. There is however a wide discordance with the actual picture of clinical presentation and symptoms in Italy. Here we comment on Sun and coll Metaanlysis with particular nuance to olfactory and taste disorders that very often herald SARS-CoV-2 in our country, particularly in outpatients, and are not reported so far in the medical literature from China. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Medical Virology
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - May 8 2020

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • Epidemiology
  • Inapparent infection
  • SARS coronavirus
  • Virus classification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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