Olfactory and Gustatory Dysfunction in Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19)

Clin Infect Dis. 2020 May 1;ciaa525. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa525. Online ahead of print.


Coronavirus-disease-2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe-acute-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) shows a rapid spread over-the-world. Given scarce resources, non-laboratory diagnostics is crucial. In this cross-sectional study, two-thirds of European patients with polymerase chain reaction confirmed COVID-19 reported olfactory and gustatory dysfunction, indicating the significance of this history in the early diagnostics.

Keywords: COVID-19; Coronavirus; Nasal symptoms; Olfaction; Sense of taste.