Loss of smell is common in COVID-19, but fewer people say they have this symptom than objective tests reveal, a new study finds.
In fact, about 77% of COVID-19 patients who were directly measured had smell loss, but only 44% said they did, researchers found.
Direct measures of smell involve having patients smell and report on actual odors, while self-reporting includes getting data through patient questionnaires, interviews or electronic health records, the study authors explained.
“Objective measures are a more sensitive method to identify smell loss related to COVID-19,” said study co-author Mackenzie Hannum, a postdoctoral fellow at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia.
Subjective measures, “while expedient during the early stages of the pandemic, underestimate the true prevalence of smell loss,” said Vicente Ramirez, a doctoral student at the University of California, Merced, and summer intern at Monell.
The research suggests subjective measures underestimate the true extent of smell loss and that it may be an effective tool for diagnosing COVID-19 early, the authors said in a Monell news release.
For the study, the researchers reviewed previously published studies on COVID-19 and loss of smell.
Their findings were published online recently in the journal Chemical Senses.
Senior author Danielle Reed, associate director at Monell, suggested that “measuring people for smell loss may become as routine as measuring body temperature for fever.”
For more on COVID-19, head to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: ‘Florida Man wouldn’t even do this stuff’ Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series MORE (D) defended his mental acuity and took shots at President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: ‘Florida Man wouldn’t even do this stuff’ Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence’s chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE during an interview airing Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
Anchor Norah O’Donnell asked Biden about claims from the Trump campaign that he suffers from dementia, a general catch-all medical term for symptoms ranging from memory loss to impairment of problem-solving abilities.
“[You are] 78 years old. [You’ll be] 82 after four years. Donald Trump says you have dementia and it’s getting worse,” O’Donnell told Biden.
“Hey, the same guy who thought that the 911 attack was a 7-Eleven attack,” Biden responded, jokingly. “He’s talking about dementia?”
“All I can say to the American people is watch me, is see what I’ve done, is see what I’m going to do. Look at me,” Biden continued. “Compare our physical and mental acuity. I’m happy to have that comparison.”
If elected, Joe Biden would be the oldest president in American history. Here’s what he had to say about his physical and mental acuity: https://t.co/qh8sivDuZK pic.twitter.com/WSsHvN2dIT
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 26, 2020
The Trump campaign has sought to suggest in recent months that videos showing Biden speaking unclearly at times are evidence of the former vice president’s mental decline. Biden’s campaign has accused the Trump campaign in response of making light of the stutter from which the former vice president has suffered since he was a child.
“Did something happen to Joe Biden?” the text of an ad questioning his mental faculties produced by the Trump campaign asked in August.
Biden, who would be the oldest president ever elected, at 77, has frequently dismissed criticism on the manner from the Trump campaign. Trump himself was the oldest president ever elected upon his victory in 2016, when he was 70 years old.
“I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested,” Biden said in June. “Look, all you gotta do is watch me, and I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”
Ukrainian fitness influencer Dmitriy Stuzhuk, who once thought there was no COVID-19, succumbs to disease
Famous Ukrainian fitness influencer and social media star Dmitriy Stuzhuk, who once thought that there was no COVID-19, died from the virus at the age of 33.
The Ukrainian citizen believed that the coronavirus does not exist. He caught the disease during a trip to Turkey. He was taken to hospital when he landed in Ukraine after being tested COVID-19 positive, reports the Sky News.
Though Stuzhuk was discharged from the hospital after eight days, he faced heart complications due to the COVID-19 virus. Following this, his 25-year-old wife Sofia rushed him to the hospital in a “grave condition” and “unconscious” state.
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Informing about the developments, she told her Instagram followers that her husband is not coping as he had problems with his cardiovascular system. “His state is extremely grave. No-one can do anything with this. I did everything I could so the father of my three children lives. But nothing depends on me now,” Sky News quotes wrote Sofia as saying.
However, she later announced her husband’s death, and wrote, “Only warm memories remain, three beautiful kids and valuable experience.”
Prior to being admitted for the second time, Stuzhuk had posted on social media from his hospital bed.
He had written to his 1.1 million followers, “I want to share how I got sick and to strongly warn everyone. I was one who thought that Covid does not exist…until I got sick.”
“COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE! And it is heavy,” he had said. Stuzhuk and Sofia had separated six months ago.
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КОРОНАВИРУС «COVID», ДЕНЬ 8 ⠀ Как вы все знаете из историй, я болею корлнавирусом. Сегодня, вернувшись домой, первый раз появился энтузиазм хотя бы что-то написать. Хочу поделиться, как я заболел и убедительно предостеречь всех: я тоже думал, что нет никакого ковида, и это все относительно. Пока сам не заболел. COVID-19 БОЛЕЗНЬ НЕ ЭФЕМЕРНАЯ! И тяжелая. Но обо всем по порядку. ⠀ Как это было? Плохо мне стало на второй день в Турции. Я проснулся среди ночи от того, что у меня отекла шея и было тяжело дышать. При этом немного побаливал живот. ⠀ На следующий день начал появляться кашель, но температуры никакой не было. Особых симптомов болезни тоже не было, поэтому я подумал, что это могут быть последствия после занятия спортом, смены климата и питания ну и плюс сон под кондиционером. ⠀ После возвращения из Турции я сразу же пошел сдавать разные анализы, делать УЗИ и на всякий случай решил пройти тест на COVID. Он оказался положительным
A popular fitness influencer has died from the coronavirus after claiming that he believed the disease “didn’t exist.”
The 33-year-old Ukraine native, Dmitriy Stuzhuk, reportedly contracted the virus while vacationing in Turkey.
Stuzhuk, who boasted more than 1 million followers on Instagram, tested positive after returning home and immediately went to the hospital.
In his final post on Instagram, Stuzhuk, who said that the hospital was “completely filled with people,” admitted that he was wrong about the disease and urged his followers to stay vigilant.
“I want to share how I got sick and to strongly warn everyone,” he wrote. “I was one who thought that Covid does not exist… Until I got sick.”
Stuzhuk further told his followers that “COVID-19 IS NOT A SHORT-LIVED DISEASE!”
Although Stuzhuk was eventually discharged from the hospital after being treated with oxygen, he was rushed back just hours later after his situation began to worsen.
Stuzhuk’s ex-wife Sofia stated