An interest in olfaction has me following the anosmic effects of this disease. A career as an industrial hygienist has me posting public health information on this olfactory awareness weblog:
Our sense of smell is a secret weapon in the fight against the 2019 novel coronavirus.
1. Loss of smell (anosmia) is a primary symptom of Covid-19.
2. Covid-19 may cause neurological damage.
3. This is not a coincidence.
Most people don't realize it but your sense of smell offers very sensitive diagnostics for complex brain activity, like how it can predict Alzheimer's decades in advance. This is because our sense of smell has special connections with the brain that other senses don't have. This also gives us an opportunity to monitor our own "brain health," and that's the main reason I'm sending this.
I'll let this recent BBC article on the topic fill-in the details; it's not long:
How Covid-19 can damage the brain - BBC Future
If you don't read that article, and if you're about to stop reading this, please:
- Pay attention to changes in smell or taste, both for you and those around you.
- Changes in smell and taste are a primary symptom for Covid-19.
- Changes in smell and taste, in general and aside from a Covid infection, could be a sign of neurological issues and may warrant attention from a professional.
- The sooner you recognize neurological issues the better.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
AbScent - UK Organization raising public awareness of smell loss
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders (NIDC) - Smell Disorders
ENT UK - Loss of Smell as Marker of Covid-19 Infection
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