Loss of Taste and Smell as Distinguishing Symptoms of COVID-19.

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Loss of Taste and Smell as Distinguishing Symptoms of COVID-19.

Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jun 21;:

Authors: Dawson P, Rabold EM, Laws RL, Conners EE, Gharpure R, Yin S, Buono SA, Dasu T, Bhattacharyya S, Westergaard RP, Pray IW, Ye D, Nabity SA, Tate JE, Kirking HL

Abstract
In a household study, loss of taste and/or smell was the fourth most reported symptom (26/42; 62%) among COVID-19 case-patients and had the highest positive predictive value (83%; 95% CI: 55-95%) among household contacts. Olfactory and taste dysfunctions should be considered for COVID-19 case identification and testing prioritization.

PMID: 32562541 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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