October 5 (WNN) — A study published Tuesday by the American Journal of Otolaryngology found that people under the age of 40 who lose their sense of smell and taste due to COVID-19 are more likely to recover than older adults .
Statistics show that four out of five survivors of the disease recover these senses within six months.
“We saw an approximately 80% recovery rate over six months or more,” study co-author Dr. Evan Reiter said in a press release.
“However, 20% is still a lot of people, giving millions of people suffering from COVID-19,” said Reiter, professor and vice chair of otolaryngology at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond.
According to the researchers, loss of smell and taste is believed to be a major symptom of the virus.
Studies have found that people who experience these sensory declines over a long period of time may also be at increased risk of serious illness.
For this study, which is part of the ongoing COVID-19 Smell and Taste Loss Survey Project at VCU, Reiter and his colleagues questioned 798 adults aged 18 and older who tested positive for the virus and as a result Sensory decline reported.
According to the researchers, based on their findings about the loss of the sense of smell and taste, noting that there are more than 230 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide, more than 20 million people have been without these senses for six months. Can stay longer. .
In previous survey results published in April, 43% of participants reported feeling depressed and 56% reported decreased enjoyment of life while experiencing a loss of smell or taste, the researchers said.
According to the researchers, the most common quality of life concern was reduced enjoyment of food, with 87% of respondents indicating this was an issue.
He said the inability to smell smoke was the most common safety risk, reported by 45% of those surveyed.
For survey respondents who report loss of their sense of smell and taste, loss of appetite poses health challenges for 55%, and 37% report unintentional weight loss, the data showed.
In addition, what are the symptoms experienced by COVID-19 survivors and what role pre-existing conditions play in their recovery, the researchers said.
According to the researchers, people with a history of head injury were less likely to recover their sense of smell, while those with nasal congestion were more likely to recover.
He adds that for those looking for a solution to odor reduction, odor training, or aromatherapy, using essential oils can help.
“There is an increased likelihood of subjects with nasal congestion recovering from smell simply because you may lose your sense of smell because you are badly congested and the smell cannot get into your nose,” Reiter said.
“Certainly a subgroup of people who are congested would have lost their sense of smell because they were severely congested, rather than because of nerve damage caused by the virus, as is the case in other cases,” he said. said.