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Doctor warns of permanent smell loss due to COVID

09:06, 02 December 2020
Doctor warns of permanent smell loss due to COVID Photo: Victor Lisitsyn, Виктор Лисицын/Global Look Press

The sense of smell after recovery from coronavirus will return gradually, but there is a danger of losing it forever, head of the somnology department at the research center of otorhinolaryngology of the medical and biological agency Alexander Melnikov said, Lenta.ru reports.


The sense of smell comes back differently - from 1-2 to 4-5 days. But at the same time, it may never recover. This is a consequence of the defeat of the nervous system by the virus. The center responsible for the perception of odors is located there, the doctor added.

A few days earlier, Natalya Pshenichnaya, deputy director for clinical and analytical work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor (Russian consumer watchdog), spoke about the loss of taste and smell. According to the expert, this symptom is observed in 87 percent of infections. Moreover, in women, it occurs much more often than in men.

WHO announced the coronavirus pandemic on March 11, 2020. The outbreak began in China in late 2019, with the first cases reported in Wuhan, Hubei Province. According to preliminary estimations, the city's wet market became the source of COVID-19.

Melita Vujnovic, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative in Russia, said that she would be vaccinated against the coronavirus with a Russian-made vaccine, NEWS.ru reported earlier.