anosmia, a symptom that can last

DECRYPTION – A phenomenon difficult to quantify and poorly understood, the loss of smell can persist for more than two months. With a heavy impact on the quality of life.

A real olfactory rehabilitation can be prescribed in cases of lasting loss of smell.
A real olfactory rehabilitation can be prescribed in cases of lasting loss of smell. NEIGHBOR / PHANIE / phanie

At the start of the Covid epidemic, the loss of smell, or anosmia, was eclipsed by respiratory symptoms. But today, there is no longer any doubt: partially or totally losing your sense of smell is a specific clinical sign of Covid-19 infection. Anosmia which, in some patients, still has not disappeared weeks after their infection. “In April, I was infected with the coronavirus. I did a mild form: fever, body aches, headache and more smell without having a stuffy nose. But since then, I feel absolutely nothing ”, says François.

How many have lost their sense of smell? Difficult to answer. Indeed, as explained by Dr Camille Hervé, ENT at the Rothschild Foundation in Paris, “Since we do not know the prevalence of Covid-19 (the number of cases in the population, Editor’s note), it is impossible to know the anosmia rate ”. An analysis of the scientific literature reveals very variable data from one region of the world

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