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AAO-HNS: Anosmia, Hyposmia, and Dysgeusia Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

March 22, 2020 - 2:19pm

Anecdotal evidence is rapidly accumulating from sites around the world that anosmia and dysgeusia are significant symptoms associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Anosmia, in particular, has been seen in patients ultimately testing positive for the coronavirus with no other symptoms. We propose that these symptoms be added to the list of screening tools for possible COVID-19 infection.  Anosmia, hyposmia, and dysgeusia in the absence of other respiratory disease such as allergic rhinitis, acute rhinosinusitis, or chronic rhinosinusitis should alert physicians to the possibility of COVID-19 infection and warrant serious consideration for self-isolation and testing of these individuals.

For more information and resources related to COVID-19, go to AAO-HNS Coronavirus Disease 2019: Resources.

PATIENT INFORMATION FROM ENThealth.org: 

What You Should Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

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