Covid: “Most important” symptoms include hyposmia, or reduced ability to smell

Covid: “Most important” symptoms include hyposmia, or reduced ability to smell

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While vaccines are the greatest weapons you can add to your arsenal to defend against Covid, they are not a silver bullet. Even stung patients can still catch the disease and suffer symptoms. Recent reports suggest cases are on the rise again, with new “top” symptoms including hyposmia. Here’s how to spot it.

Speaking on the YouTube Zoe Channel, Professor Tim Spector said: “Covid is back in the news again because the rates are going up and we’re now over 200,000 [cases]. That’s up about 36 percent from two weeks ago, which is quite a lot.

“About one in 27 people still have it.” Covid and we must go a long way before we return to them [numbers] we saw in the summer.

“The Omicron option BA.5 is still the most common. There are others around, but they haven’t taken over.’

As this dominant strain increases cases in the UK, symptoms still include the usual suspects such as a sore throat, runny nose and headache.

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However, recent reports from The Zoe Covid Study appwhich follows the dominant Covid symptoms through patient reports, have added altered sense of smell to their list of “most important” signs to watch for.

Hyposmia, or a reduction in your ability to smell, is one of the symptoms you may experience.

According to researchpublished in the journal HNO, about 31 percent of patients who experience a distorted sense of smell also suffer from rhinitis, which describes chronic sneezing or a stuffy, runny nose.

The study even reported that hyposmia was the main or only symptom in two of their subjects.


In addition to reducing your ability to smell, Covid patients often report parosmia, in which the smell of a familiar object changes to something unpleasant, or phantosmia, in which you can smell something that doesn’t exist.

Although Covid still causes symptoms aimed at your nose, “traditional” loss of smell is much “less common”, according to Zoe.

Although this unpleasant sign was a major indicator of Covid, loss of smell now ranks 14th on the list of predominant symptoms.

Patients suffering from the virus tend to report changes in their sense of smell rather than complete loss of smell.

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This list of symptoms is based on the most recent data from the 30 days prior to December 5th, using reports from Zoe contributors with positive Covid tests.

The health survey explains: “We used to count the five main symptoms. But over time we have seen that they change frequently.

“So now we report the top 10 symptoms that remain more stable.

“The order of these symptoms is based on reports from contributors to the application and does not take into account which variant caused the infection or any demographic information.”

Although you are not legally required to self-isolate when you have the virus, NHS still asks people to stay home and avoid contact with others when infected.

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