Olfactory dysfunction can have both physical and social consequences, in addition to influencing food intake and weight. Researchers say foods that stimulate other chemical senses when consumed, such as chili or menthol, can improve life quality for those with olfactory dysfunction.
User data from a new COVID-19 symptom tracking app reveals a loss of taste and smell are the strongest predictors of a positive coronavirus diagnosis. Using the data, researchers have developed a model to identify which combination of symptoms together could best predict COVID-19 infection in individuals.
As many as one in three COVID-19 patients report smell loss as an early symptom of the infection. Researchers say the loss of smell could be used as a key clinical indicator of infection in otherwise symptom-free or pre-symptomatic carriers of coronavirus.