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Doctors warn an inability to smell could be a symptom of Covid-19 — but caution the evidence is preliminary

first_img By Erin Brodwin March 23, 2020 Reprints Erin Brodwin About the Author Reprints Health care workers are calling attention to a potential new symptom of a novel coronavirus infection: the loss of one’s sense of smell.Clinicians in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world have reported, anecdotally, that some patients infected with the virus experience anosmia, or an inability to smell. The American Academy of Otolaryngology recently called for anosmia to be added to a list of screening tools for Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. On Monday, World Health Organization officials announced they were further probing a possible link between anosmia and coronavirus — though they noted the evidence of a potential connection remains preliminary.“A loss of smell or a loss of taste is something that we’re looking into,” Maria Van Kerkhove, the head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonoses unit, said on a briefing call with reporters on Monday. “We are reaching out to a number of countries and looking at the cases that have already been reported to see if this is a common feature. We don’t have the answer to that yet.”advertisement Please enter a valid email address. @erbrod “It’s certainly popping up as a symptom, but how universal it is, we don’t know,” said Eric Holbrook, director of rhinology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Boston hospital. Holbrook said he started hearing about the possible tie between anosmia and coronavirus in case reports from clinicians in Europe about a week ago.advertisement For people with underlying health conditions, the coronavirus presents ‘all the ingredients’ for danger Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. [email protected] Tags Coronavirusphysicianscenter_img A health care worker tends to patients at the drive-in center at ProHealth Care in Jericho, N.Y. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Leave this field empty if you’re human: Using the new symptom as a screening tool is a delicate task, experts noted. Emphasizing it too early, or too heavily, could mean clinicians might miss patients who haven’t lost their sense of smell, but who are infected and have other symptoms. Ignoring a lost sense of smell, however, could mean doctors don’t detect infection in cases where patients have only mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. In those cases, using anosmia as a screening tool could help clinicians catch cases that would otherwise fly under the radar and give those infected individuals more guidance on self-isolation.But to do that, clinicians need more data on the role anosmia might play in Covid-19.“One of the things I think a lot of physicians and patients are struggling with is trying to determine whether these mild symptoms are related to, say, allergies or a mild cold,” Holbrook said. He added that it’s also difficult to distinguish between a loss of the sense of smell and a loss of the sense of taste, which patients can sometimes mix up.“But anything that gives us a heads-up into who needs to be isolated or tested, that might be a good screening tool,” Holbrook said.To get a better handle on the new symptom and its ties to coronavirus, Holbrook said he and his colleagues will be looking at people with anosmia and confirmed Covid-19, as well as those experiencing anosmia who have tested negative. That will allow them to compare both groups and understand whether anosmia is truly a core coronavirus symptom.“That’s important data — data that we need. Many of us are trying to start doing those studies,” Holbrook said.Helen Branswell contributed reporting.An earlier version of this article mischaracterized South Korean research about anosmia. It was a non peer-reviewed report which suggested that roughly 30% of South Koreans with Covid-19 lose their sense of smell, not a Nature study. HealthDoctors warn an inability to smell could be a symptom of Covid-19 — but caution the evidence is preliminary There are a number of unanswered questions about the new potential symptom, which at this point, is thought to be temporary. Experts aren’t sure how common it is, or at what point in the progression of the disease a patient loses the ability to smell. They also want to be sure the new symptom isn’t merely a sign of allergies, a cold, or the seasonal flu, all of which can lead a person to develop anosmia or ageusia, the reduced sense of taste that can sometimes accompany an inability to smell. Privacy Policy linkedin.com/in/erinbrodwin/ Related: Those reports are among a growing amount of anecdotal evidence that suggests experts might want to consider anosmia as a potential sign of infection. In report published on March 16 in the South Korean newspaper Chosun, clinicians estimated that roughly 30% of patients who tested positive for coronavirus had temporarily lost their sense of smell. In Germany, clinicians at the University Hospital in Bonn surveyed 100 patients with coronavirus and found that up to two-thirds “described a loss of smell and taste lasting several days,” Hendrik Streeck, head of the hospital’s virology institute, told the German news site Frankfurter Allgemeine.The known symptoms of Covid-19 have evolved as cases have climbed globally. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists fever, cough, and shortness of breath as the core coronavirus symptoms. Difficulty breathing, persistent chest pain or pressure, confusion, and bluish lips or face are listed as emergency symptoms for which people should seek immediate care. The WHO says other symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue, and in some patients, “aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or diarrhea.”The WHO and CDC haven’t added anosmia to their coronavirus symptom lists, which health care workers use to screen patients who might have been infected with coronavirus. But some health care workers are encouraging their peers to consider the symptom when caring for patients they suspect might have be infected.“I wouldn’t use it alone [to screen patients], but I think if it’s added to some of the other symptoms, it adds to the possibility,” said Holbrook. “If someone says yes, it would definitely make me more suspicious that they need further work-up.” Health Tech Correspondent, San Francisco Erin is a California-based health tech reporter and the co-author of the STAT Health Tech newsletter.last_img read more

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Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale around Mountmellick

first_img Facebook Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale around Mountmellick TAGSMountmellickproperty watch WhatsApp 10 Davitt Court, MountmellickModern 3 bedroom home situated in a small, quiet cul de sac.The property boasts an enclosed rear garden and front garden, with off street parking.The property comprises of a sitting room, kitchen/dining room. Separate spacious WC off the large hallway. On the first floor three bedrooms with master en-suite and family bathroom.Guide Price: €173,000 Previous article‘Stay positive – if we survived the last 12 months, we can survive now’Next articleDown Memory Lane Podcast: Remembering Clough-Ballacolla’s breakthrough success in 2009 LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 21st February 2021 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Home Property Property Watch: Five homes currently for sale around Mountmellick Property Emmett House, Emmett Street, MountmellickThree bed semi-detached two story property to the residential sales market which could make for a family home or business opportunity.Extensive rear yard excess 300 sq mtrs, with extensive adjoining concrete apex roof garage, circa 60 sq mtrs. Blocked boundary walls.Property consists of a living room, family room, kitchen dining, and three bed rooms with master en suite. Front of the property laid with matcrete, driveway to the rear yard with outside toilet and garage.Guide Price: €195,000 Dún Mhilíc, Ash Grove, MountmellickDetached residence with immense charm enjoying a unique private town centre site.Completely walled in, the property enjoys a private front garden with exceptional features, beautiful enclosed courtyard to rear.The property consists of Kitchen/dining/sittingroom, 4 bedrooms, 2 en-suites, bathroom. Located within walking distance of the town centre with all amenities adjacent.Guide Price: €185,000SEE ALSO – Magnificent 36-acre residential farm in Ballyroan for sale with Hume Auctioneers On this week’s Property Watch we take a look at some of the properties currently for sale around Mountmellick.The town of Mountmellick enjoys a great location – within easy driving access of two county towns in Portlaoise and Tullamore.It also boasts numerous amenities itself, not least a state-of-the-art remote working centre at the Webmill. In addition it is only a short distance of the M7 motorway and also close to the Slieve Bloom mountains and all they offer, including a range of great walking options.In each case here, you can click through to see the property’s full profile on Daft.ie.Bay Road, MountmellickA detached property set on circa 1 acre located at the Bay Road, Mountmellick, a quiet peaceful area and yet only a five-minute drive to the town centre.Accommodations include an entrance hall, spacious living room, kitchen, extensive dining room, four double bedrooms with a generous master en-suite and family bathroom. Externally two concrete constructed sheds, front, rear and side gardens, concrete laid drive and yard affording private parking, decked recreation space.Guide Price: €285,000 Pinterest O’Moore Forest, MountmellickDetached property located at O’Moores Forrest, Mountmellick, a quiet area yet still close to the town centre.The home boasts a country courtyard ambiance enhanced by its natural stonework.  Accommodations include an entrance hall, living room, recreation room, office, kitchen with adjoining utility room, three bathrooms, five double bedrooms with a master en-suite.Externally, extensive tarmac drive with parking as well as gardens with a trickling pond and two sheds.Guide Price: €285,000 Electric Picnic Twitter Council Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Electric Picnic Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

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