Int J Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 26:S1201-9712(20)30578-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2020.07.034. Online ahead of print.
We investigated the association between symptoms and viral clearance in 57 patients with asymptomatic/mild SARS-CoV-2 infection using cycle threshold (Ct) qPCR values. Patients with olfactory/taste disorders (OTDs) exhibited lower qPCR Ct values and longer time to negative qPCR than those without OTDs, suggesting association between OTDs and high viral burden.